UPDATED: Francis put the brakes on Baltimore. Now what?

UPDATED 5:14 pm: From the Washington Post: Instead, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo — the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference — told the group that the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops had asked the bishops not to take action until after a worldwide meeting of church leaders in February. This is very interesting. The congregation is the…Continue reading UPDATED: Francis put the brakes on Baltimore. Now what?

Some thoughts on this week’s Baltimore Bishops’ Meeting

Spoiler warning: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is taking us for a bunch of rubes. The bishops are relying upon two things: 1) the public’s lack of institutional memory; and 2) Catholics’ reliance upon the bishop’s artificial moral authority. #1 Lack of Institutional Memory Let’s start with #1. The best way to do this…Continue reading Some thoughts on this week’s Baltimore Bishops’ Meeting

The CA Attorney General potential investigation is picking up steam

While there has been no formal announcement of an investigation into clergy sex abuse and cover-up statewide, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent this shot across the Twitter bow earlier today:   If you believe you’ve been a victim of or have information regarding incidents of sexual abuse by clergy members in California, please report…Continue reading The CA Attorney General potential investigation is picking up steam

San Diego Diocese holds back on abusive priests, public list tops 103

Today the Diocese of San Diego released a list of eight credibly accused priests who have worked in the diocese. The names are: Fr. Jose Chavarin Fr. Raymond Etienne SVD Fr. James P. Foley Fr. Michael French Fr. Richard Houck Fr. George Lally  O.A.R. Fr. Mark Medaer Fr. Paolino Montagna This list is dangerously incomplete.…Continue reading San Diego Diocese holds back on abusive priests, public list tops 103

Who is Carlo Maria Vigano? And what does he have to do with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis?

I wrote briefly about the Vatican Circular Firing Squad in a previous post. It was an over-simplification, but hit the point. To truly understand what is happening right now with the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal—and how the scandal has been able to flourish for so long—you need to understand the people, the dynamics, and…Continue reading Who is Carlo Maria Vigano? And what does he have to do with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis?

Big Announcement: It’s time for Action. Join STOP

It’s time for action. You’ve read the PA Grand Jury Report and its sickening revelations. You’ve watched child sex abuse scandals unfold in US Gymnastics, Penn State, The Boy Scouts of America, Hollywood, our public schools, and across beloved institutions we have trusted with the care of our children. If you are a survivor, healing…Continue reading Big Announcement: It’s time for Action. Join STOP

Disgraced Bishop resurfaces for confirmation season … again

It’s the Sacrament of Confirmation season in the Catholic Church, and that means one thing: trouble. Why? For the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it’s time to dust off disgraced, abuse-enabling bishops and force them on innocent Catholic teens, adults and parishes. I’ve already received numerous complaints from two Los Angeles parishes: St. Timothy’s in West Los…Continue reading Disgraced Bishop resurfaces for confirmation season … again

UPDATED 5/18: PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

UPDATED 5/24 PA’s Catholic Dioceses receive copies of 884-page report. Public release slated for June. PA’s Catholic Dioceses have said they “won’t block the release” of the Grand Jury report. Bishop says that the report contains information that is “difficult to hear.”   UPDATED 5/9 Bishop Trautman Smells Blood in the Water – His Own…Continue reading UPDATED 5/18: PA State Grand Jury Investigates Six Catholic Dioceses: What you need to know

Eleven-year-olds are sold for sex in Orange County. Help us stop it.

My son is eleven years old. He likes to play basketball. Oree Freeman was eleven when she was sex trafficked on the streets of LA and Orange County. Men bought her for sex across the street from Disneyland. Bought her through websites like Backpage or via text. They knew full well that she hadn’t hit…Continue reading Eleven-year-olds are sold for sex in Orange County. Help us stop it.

Will married priests solve the problem? Wife-beating priest case gives us sneak peek

Kill the celibacy requirement, kill the scandal? Hardly. The Catholic clergy sex abuse cover-up scandal is not totally unique. It’s an institutional cover-up, just like the institutional cover-up with Larry Nassar in US Gymnastics, the recent scandal in USA Swimming, the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal, the scandal in LAUSD, and smaller scandals in private, religious, and public institutions…Continue reading Will married priests solve the problem? Wife-beating priest case gives us sneak peek