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Shifting the focus

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday who had just read a pretty expansive article on child sexual abuse and civil laws. What struck her was the author’s (correct) assertion that most child predators are NOT pedophiles. Of course, I said. True “pedophiles,” that is, adults who are sexually attracted to prepubescent children, […]

Fr. Bruce Wellems leading a December 2015 Posada procession at his parish ... when he's not supposed to be acting as a priest - (Photo credit Chicago Tribune)

Bruce Wellems documents

Eric Johnson’s 1995 correspondence with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Claretian Order. Letters from the Claretian order to members about the status of Bruce Wellems, and the instruction to destroy evidence and emails. Eric Johnson’s June 8 questions to the Claretians and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Accused Archbishop and his favorite pope

Pope Names Guam Administrator After Archbishop Accused of Abuse

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding […]

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San Fran: An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait

If you are in the San Francisco area May 27, be sure to check out this screening of the award-winning documentary Call Me Lucky, with a special Q&A afterward with comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. From Variety: A tribute to an underappreciated comedic talent that takes a startling midpoint shift toward much graver material, “Call […]

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Convicted priest booted from OKC

But where is he now? That’s an important question … From NewsOK: Tuesday, in a prepared statement, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said the Rev. Jose Alexis Davila was removed from his pastoral work in the archdiocese after more investigation was conducted into the priest’s past. Considering the archbishop […]

Fr. Jose Alexis Davila

Cops vs. Coakley: You be the judge

Let’s play a game of “Who to believe …” In 2012, Fr. Jose Alexis Davila plead guilty to unlawful sexual touching. We learned this week that Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley put Davila back in a parish. Let’s see what Coakley had to say: While Father Davila’s actions with an adult parishioner five years ago occurred […]