Former Orange priest subject of US Bishops’ “Warning!” OC Bishop stays silent.

  A priest who worked for six years at Orange’s St. Joseph Hospital has been accused of “improper conduct” in numerous assignments. The conduct was so bad, in fact, that he was “dismissed” from his home diocese and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a warning to dioceses nationwide. What did Orange Bishop Kevin…Continue reading Former Orange priest subject of US Bishops’ “Warning!” OC Bishop stays silent.

The math: Pope Francis’ meeting with survivors

Since yesterday’s announcement, I have been hearing a lot of this: But Pope Francis met with survivors. He’s promised to hold bishops accountable. That’s good, right? Um … not really. But first, let’s boil down the figures concerning the actual meeting. Here is some math on Pope Francis’ meeting yesterday with abuse survivors. The meeting…Continue reading The math: Pope Francis’ meeting with survivors

Want to learn about crime victims’ rights?

Next month, Anaheim is hosting one of the best national training institutes on crime victims’ rights. I’ll be presenting—and if you are going to be in Southern California in early September, this is a must-attend event. The National Center for Victims of Crime’s 2015 National Training Institute features more than 130 leading experts and 72…Continue reading Want to learn about crime victims’ rights?

Using “healing” to end the conversation … when the conversation is far from over

  Here’s a hypothetical: Your boss borrows your car and runs over your beloved dog Rover in the company’s parking garage. When your boss returns the car, you ask him about your dead dog and the blood stains all over the bumper. He denies all knowledge. When confronted with video surveillance footage, your boss finally admits…Continue reading Using “healing” to end the conversation … when the conversation is far from over

The Not-So-Secret Institutional Code Words for Child Sex Abuse

    There has been no shortage of news this summer when it comes to the US clergy sex abuse crisis. Although the Vatican is attempting to clean up the mess as much as possible before Pope Francis’ September visit (including accepting the resignations of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop and bishop, as well as…Continue reading The Not-So-Secret Institutional Code Words for Child Sex Abuse

Twin Cities Archbishop resigns—or—Who is shrewd and who is brave?

My email was flooded this morning with news that St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piché had resigned. If you haven’t been following the news, the archdiocese has been hammered during the past two years as legal disclosures showed that Archdiocese officials knew about child sexual abuse and…Continue reading Twin Cities Archbishop resigns—or—Who is shrewd and who is brave?

One Servite High School file is all you need

This is probably the most telling document trail from today’s release of clergy sex abuse documents. From the file of Servite Friar and former Servite HS teacher Joe Sharkey: Letter from Fr. Steven Ryan to Servite Provincial Fr. Terence O’Connor: One of the difficulties awaiting my return from Australia was that Joe Sharkey had been guilty…Continue reading One Servite High School file is all you need