What role does Scientology have in covering up sex crimes?

Yesterday, Hollywood actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson was arrested and charged with raping three women. Two other women have alleged that Masterson raped them, but because of expired statutes of limitations and/or insufficient evidence, the LA District Attorney’s office declined to press charges. The victimization of these women did end at rape. From The New…Continue reading What role does Scientology have in covering up sex crimes?

EXCLUSIVE: Catholic composer accused of sexual battery worked with known predator for years

Over the weekend, Catholic hymn composer, performer, and youth conference organizer David Haas was dropped by his publisher after the company learned the musician was under investigation by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for sexual battery and other offenses. Haas also ran a music camp for teens called Music Ministry Alive, which according…Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Catholic composer accused of sexual battery worked with known predator for years

When adversity is your gift

There are voices that have been silenced—or simply ignored—in the clergy sex abuse crisis. We have known for years that “priest dumping” has been a common practice in the Catholic Church: bishops and other officials send white, English-speaking predator priests to indigenous, refugee, or immigrant communities, or communities of color. These communities are devoutly Catholic.…Continue reading When adversity is your gift

Re-opening of NY courts exposes 11 newly accused clerics

Eleven priests who have not appeared on any lists of accused clerics—either court documents, diocese lists, or press reports—have been named as alleged predators in new lawsuits filed against the Catholic Archdiocese of New York this week. The 11 were named in a press release today, which also announced 59 new lawsuits. The priests publicly…Continue reading Re-opening of NY courts exposes 11 newly accused clerics

Tough Questions for the Diocese of Richmond

Buried in the news about COVID and the global George Floyd protests, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA, quietly announced today that it is starting “formal investigations” of child sexual abuse against four former priests. What is NOT interesting about the investigation is that there are four accused priests. What IS interesting is the relevant—but…Continue reading Tough Questions for the Diocese of Richmond

Naason Joaquin Garcia and George Pell: Justice Denied

“The Apostle” and a Cardinal. The self-appointed leader of a Mexico-based religious sect and the former Treasurer of the Vatican. Two men accused of and jailed for child sexual abuse. Now, both have had their charges reversed. Justice has not been served. The Apostle Naason Joaquin Garcia, the head of the La Luz Del Mundo…Continue reading Naason Joaquin Garcia and George Pell: Justice Denied

Orange Bishop Kevin Vann needs a History Lesson, or

Why Independent Compensation Programs are a Sham, Reason 3,298 It was a throwaway quote by Orange Bishop Kevin Vann that gave him away. Yesterday, six dioceses across the state of California launched what they are calling the Independent Compensation Program (ICP) for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests. The programs, modeled after similar…Continue reading Orange Bishop Kevin Vann needs a History Lesson, or

Diocese of Rochester Bankruptcy: Let’s Talk Turkey

This morning, New York’s Rochester Diocese became the 20th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection when faced with child sex abuse and cover-up lawsuits. Why did the diocese choose to seek bankruptcy protection? Bishop Matano (pictured above) is making this all about the Benjamins. He wants to elicit sympathy from parishioners, make the public think…Continue reading Diocese of Rochester Bankruptcy: Let’s Talk Turkey

Don’t go it alone: How to find a civil attorney for your child sex abuse case

I get SO MANY emails asking for help in this arena. Start here. You can always email me for suggestions and guidance, too. And no “helpful hints” on video production, please. I can’t take any more. My 13-year-old son is already overloading me how much improvement I need. Ugh. I told him that my videos…Continue reading Don’t go it alone: How to find a civil attorney for your child sex abuse case

The Diocese of San Diego: The Land of Smoke and Mirrors

Yesterday, the Diocese of San Diego issued a press release, calling an “all hands on deck” meeting about child sexual abuse. At the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, “All diocesan employees will hear about the steps the diocese is taking to protect children and young people, and on the moral and legal…Continue reading The Diocese of San Diego: The Land of Smoke and Mirrors

Independent compensation programs hit California

Yesterday, six of California’s Catholic bishops announced an independent compensation program for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. I wrote an extensive series on these programs a while back. While the some of the details are different, the facts about these programs remain the same: This plan is not about helping survivors. This is about the…Continue reading Independent compensation programs hit California