The next domino falls: Rockville Center NY

The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center, NY has announced an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan. These plans, administered by Ken Feinberg and funded by the individual dioceses, aim to compensate victims for abuse.  You can read more about them in my four-part series here. Victims of sexual abuse in the Long Island Catholic diocese of […]

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Exclusive: Accused Vatican diplomat wrote 2003 dissertation on sex abuse church laws

A Vatican priest and diplomat under suspicion for violating US child pornography laws wrote his 2003 doctoral dissertation on church laws addressing how the Holy See deals with clerics accused of molesting children. Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, recalled by the Vatican last week, wrote The criminal protection of ecclesiastical celibacy in the canonical laws of 1917 […]

Guest Post: Brian Toale

Brian Toale just sent me this regarding his work in New York on the CVA. I asked if I could publish it here. There was so much rawness here. It shows that the survivors who went to Albany were very different from the paid lobbyists who went on behalf of the NY Catholic Conference. ***** […]

Breaking: Diocese of Brooklyn announces Dolan-esque compensation plan

And the corpse of the New York Child Victims Act isn’t even cool yet. Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio (pictured above) has issued a written statement announcing an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan mirroring that of Cardinal Dolan’s IRCP across the river. These plans compensate victims for the child sex abuse they suffered, while keeping documents, evidence, and […]

Fifteen Years After Dallas, (Dis)Honorable Mention: Guam and the Hope and Healing Hoax

This would have been Part Eight, except for one little loophole:  Guam/the Archdiocese of Agaña is NOT TECHNICALLY a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Archdiocese of Agaña is a member of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CE-PAC). Guam’s disgraced Archbishop Anthony Apuron (pictured above with the pope) used to attend USCCB meetings […]