ICYMI – USA Swimming has a scandal on its hands

Last week, The Orange County Register published an excellent two-part series on the sex abuse cover-up scandal inside of USA Swimming. Some of horrific facts reporter Scott M. Reid unearthed: • Top USA Swimming executives, board members, top officials and coaches acknowledge in the documents that they were aware of sexually predatory coaches for years,…Continue reading ICYMI – USA Swimming has a scandal on its hands

Now you’re seeing behind the “Pope Francis curtain”

When Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Roger Mahony as a Papal Envoy in a state where almost every diocese is under investigation for the cover up of child sexual abuse, you know the Vatican has gone full tone-deaf on sex abuse. And now is not the time to go full tone-deaf. The PR Shine Fades Since his…Continue reading Now you’re seeing behind the “Pope Francis curtain”

My Open Letter to Jeffrey Docking and Adrian College #metoo

November 3, 2017 To:       Dr. Jeffrey Docking, President Adrian College @JeffreyDocking, @AdrianCollege cc:        Ms. Bridgette Winslow, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Title IX Coordinator Dr. Seth Knox, President, Adrian College Association of Professors The dam has broken: You can no longer blame a fifteen-year-old victim for the fact that one of your professors,…Continue reading My Open Letter to Jeffrey Docking and Adrian College #metoo

Victims Deadline – Archdiocese of New York – November 1, 2017

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan is not perfect. But because of it, last week, victims were able to expose two, decades-long hidden priest perpetrators. One of the predators—Casper Wolf—taught in a Bronx high school for 27 years. The Archdiocese knew about allegations entire time. And said NOTHING. If you were sexually abused by a…Continue reading Victims Deadline – Archdiocese of New York – November 1, 2017

The next domino falls: Rockville Center NY

The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center, NY has announced an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan. These plans, administered by Ken Feinberg and funded by the individual dioceses, aim to compensate victims for abuse.  You can read more about them in my four-part series here. Victims of sexual abuse in the Long Island Catholic diocese of…Continue reading The next domino falls: Rockville Center NY

Vatican Embassy

Exclusive: Accused Vatican diplomat wrote 2003 dissertation on sex abuse church laws

A Vatican priest and diplomat under suspicion for violating US child pornography laws wrote his 2003 doctoral dissertation on church laws addressing how the Holy See deals with clerics accused of molesting children. Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, recalled by the Vatican last week, wrote The criminal protection of ecclesiastical celibacy in the canonical laws of 1917…Continue reading Exclusive: Accused Vatican diplomat wrote 2003 dissertation on sex abuse church laws

Former Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron

Exact Vatican Tribunal Charges Against Guam Archbishop Unknown

Even I was guilty of assuming that Archdiocese of Agaña (Guam) Archbishop Anthony Apuron was charged with child sexual abuse in his current and highly publicized Vatican Tribunal. But then I learned: Charges in a Vatican Tribunal are secret. Apuron’s replacement confirmed it. From The Tablet (UK): Asked if [Guam] archbishop [Anthony Apuron] was also…Continue reading Exact Vatican Tribunal Charges Against Guam Archbishop Unknown

Rita Milla

What’s going on in the Philippines, Part Two: The Horror Story

Rita Milla had a horror story. It was a story that no one could believe. It was 1978. The California teenager said she was being sexually abused by seven priests from the Philippines. She was 16. Who would believe a horrible story like that? The abuse continued. Then she got pregnant. One of the priests,…Continue reading What’s going on in the Philippines, Part Two: The Horror Story

Richard Alan Giese

Accused former All-American Boys Chorus vocal coach can be extradited, UK judge rules

A former vocal coach for Orange County’s All-American Boys Chorus—and a member of the FBI’s Most Wanted List—can be sent back to California from the UK, a judge there ruled this week. Roger Alan Giese, 42, according to KABC: has been charged with five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of…Continue reading Accused former All-American Boys Chorus vocal coach can be extradited, UK judge rules

What’s Going on in the Philippines: 101 East’s Sins of the Father

In February 2017, Al Jazeera’s 101 East produced this 25-minute documentary feature about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It’s a great primer for anyone interested in learning more about the clergy sexual abuse crisis in this VERY Catholic country. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see:   The Catholic Church in…Continue reading What’s Going on in the Philippines: 101 East’s Sins of the Father

Fr. Arnel

What’s Going on the Philippines Part One: The Priest Who Broke the Rule

In the introduction to this series, I called the Philippines the “Holy Grail” of cover-up. Simply put, it’s the place where priests accused of abuse can hang out and still be priests. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether or not the priests abused in the Philippines or elsewhere. The Philippines is a place where treatment…Continue reading What’s Going on the Philippines Part One: The Priest Who Broke the Rule

Fr. Justin Wachs

Apuron’s victims: Locked in a room with a priest on a run

Fr. Justin Wachs was hiding out. After getting caught sexually harassing a parishioner in 2014—touching her without permission and leaving her suggestive notes— he quit his job as pastor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Church officials thought the “geographic solution” would be best: get him as far away from Sioux Falls as possible. They even…Continue reading Apuron’s victims: Locked in a room with a priest on a run

Some Good News in the Saga of Bruce Wellems

This week, a lawyer for the Claretian Missionaries announced that Bruce Wellems was forced to petition the Vatican to give up his collar. That’s right. He can’t be a priest. For those of you who have been following this blog, that’s huge news. But for this person, it’s vindication: That’s Eric Johnson. Bruce Wellems was…Continue reading Some Good News in the Saga of Bruce Wellems

The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 4: Hamlet’s Dilemma

To register, or not to register? That is the question. For those of you just catching up, the IRCPs, or the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Programs, are programs for certain survivors of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. If victims qualify, they may get financial compensation. But the…Continue reading The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 4: Hamlet’s Dilemma

The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 3: Who is Kenneth Feinberg?

Sorry for the gap since Part 2. I was on vacation. Then I ended up on the news.    He’s been called The Master of Disasters, a brand unto himself, and the Compensation Czar. Kenneth Feinberg (pictured above), the man who, with his assistant Camille Biros (read this recent New York Times article about her),…Continue reading The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 3: Who is Kenneth Feinberg?

The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 2: Phases and Deadlines

Part two of this series was originally going to be a little about IRCP plan administrator Ken Feinberg, but since the Diocese of Brooklyn has posted its official IRCP website (full of legalese), I thought I would go over some of the details here. *   Brooklyn IRCP Bishop DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn…Continue reading The Ins and Outs of the IRCP Part 2: Phases and Deadlines