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

The New York Child Victims Act: How will you change the world today?

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in the child sex abuse survivors’ movement. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the news and the emotions involved (Heck, even I’m overwhelmed). After years of little action, it seems as if survivors and advocates have been thrown into a hurricane of news, reaction and emotion—lots and lots…Continue reading The New York Child Victims Act: How will you change the world today?

Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 4: Class Actions vs. IRCPs

Part Four in a multi-part series ~ Previous post The enemy of sex abuse and cover-up is the light of truth: Statute of Limitation Reform. Why? Because civil justice—properly executed—demands that such behavior be uncovered and made public. Predators AND the institutional cover-up that enables predators to flourish are EXPOSED. Law enforcement can put bad…Continue reading Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 4: Class Actions vs. IRCPs

Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 3: The Evil Opt-Out

~Part three in a multi-part series~previous post Settlement Class Actions Lawsuits are BAD for victims, BAD for justice, and a PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD. And the opt-out? It’s every bishop’s dream. I talked about the opt-out a little in my last post. But in this post, I will talk about why settlement class action lawsuits in…Continue reading Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 3: The Evil Opt-Out

Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 2: Lessons from Covington

~Part two in a multi-part series~previous post Settlement Class Actions Lawsuits are BAD for victims and BAD for transparency. But they are mighty good for bishops. Here is what we know about victims of child sexual abuse: It can take decades for victims to come forward, because child sexual abuse is a crime of shame…Continue reading Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits Part 2: Lessons from Covington

A New Series ~ Settlement Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits

~Part one in a multi-part series~ Class Actions: BAD for Victims. BAD for Justice. BAD for Transparency Class action lawsuits are a bishop’s dream and a victim’s nightmare. Let me explain: Earlier this week, news reports discussed a federal class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday against the Vatican and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. (This…Continue reading A New Series ~ Settlement Class Action Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Did the Vatican save the US Bishops from themselves?

Michael Sean Winters has written an excellent piece on the Baltimore USCCB Bishops’ Conference. He called the entire conference—from DiNardo’s leadership to the proposed reforms—”amateur hour.” My take on his editorial goes a step further: Pope Francis and the Congregation of Cardinals may have saved the US Bishops from themselves. DiNardo and team never had…Continue reading Did the Vatican save the US Bishops from themselves?

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?