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 […]

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Six: A seminarian in Ohio attempts to buy babies. The Bishop? He pretends nothing happened

Joel Wright (being led away in handcuffs above) was a legally blind seminarian at Columbus, Ohio’s Pontifical College Josephinum in 2016 when he was arrested for attempting to buy a one- and four-year-old child off of Craigslist to rape and molest. A native of Steubenville, Wright had wanted to be a priest for many years. In […]

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Four: Convicted Priest Deemed “Safe” by Oklahoma City Archbishop, Catholics Rightly Upset

Jose Alexis Davila accepted a plea deal for battery against a 20-year-old female parishioner in 2012. The plea agreement came when the victim was too scared to testify. Why? Well, a parishioner ‘lynch mob’ tried to stop her mother from attending prayer group and accosted her brother. They also called her a liar and a slut. Nice. Then-San […]

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report

Read the Introduction to this series here. In 2016, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced that “a statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-­Johnstown.” The two-year investigation […]

Don’t lie

That’s today’s lesson for Claretian priest Fr. Tony Diaz. He’s the organizer of San Gabriel Mission’s May 25 Build the Dreams Scholarship Fundraising Dinner. His fatal error was deciding to honor admitted child molester Bruce Wellems along with actor Edward James Olmos. Wellems is a priest of questionable standing who has been banned from the […]

A Primer on “Passing the Trash”

In public schools, there is a prevalent problem called “Passing the Trash.” It’s when a teacher accused of sexual abuse is quietly moved from school to school within a district once allegations come to light. Evidence is buried by the district, witnesses and victims graduate or move, and the school district relies on the short civil statutes of […]