The Ins and Outs of the IRCP: Is it a Hoax? Why Brooklyn?


I had planned on talking about the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) in this blog, but I wanted to wait until after the end of the current New York legislative session.

My hope was that the plan would be rendered redundant—that the Child Victims’ Act (CVA) would have passed, and survivors of child sexual abuse across the state would have the ability to use the civil courts for justice.

But the CVA died. Less than 24 hours later, the Diocese of Brooklyn danced of the grave of the CVA and announced their own IRCP.

So it’s time to start talking.

Is the IRCP a Hoax?

In a previous a post, I called Hope and Healing Guam—a plan almost exactly like Dolan’s on the island territory—an outright hoax.

The reason I did so is because survivors of sexual abuse on Guam have the right to use the civil justice system to expose the archdiocese-wide conspiracy to cover up child sexual abuse—a conspiracy that lasted decades and included the cover-up of alleged sexual abuse by the archbishop himself.

Hope and Healing Guam aims to take these cases out of the court system and hide them in a church-run prayer circle, where the victims can get a spiritual advisor and a small check. Documents and the conspiracy will remain hidden forever.

Victims don’t want a check. They want assurances that these crimes will never happen again.

Survivors in New York don’t have the civil justice option. Many survivors in New York will never have a civil justice option.

So while the IRCP is a far from ideal program, it is not a hoax. But it also requires a lot of work on the part of survivors to make sure that child safety and exposing wrongdoing are the primary objectives.


Dolan and DiMarzio singing the IRCP Swing with a Sinatra Stand-in

What are the Church’s Motives? Why Brooklyn?

The Catholic Church in New York has very calculated motives with these IRCP programs. I believe it was a part of a deal to kill the CVA. I’m guessing Dolan and his pals said, “Hey, you kill this bill and we will roll out these plans across the state. The protesters will go away by the time the next legislative session starts up, we promise.”

And they have other priorities:

  • They want to stop legislative reform for ALL victims of child sexual abuse. If it works in NY, they are going to try and roll out these plans across the country.
  • They want the good publicity
  • They want to stop the document bleed that happens with litigation—those damning documents that show how priests were moved around, kids were abused and the crimes were covered up, parents were kept in the dark, and collusion was everywhere.

So Now What?

If you think you qualify for either of these plans, talk to an attorney. Don’t know who to call? Look online for people who have successfully handled/settled these kinds of cases with the church in New York. Ask for referrals. Don’t use someone who has never handled an abuse case.

I will go into more details about who qualifies for these in a later post. Why? Because not all victims are created equal …

I will take your questions in the comments. If I don’t know the answers, I will find out.

Coming up next: Who is Ken Feinberg?


4 thoughts on “The Ins and Outs of the IRCP: Is it a Hoax? Why Brooklyn?

  1. The RCC is desperate to hide documents because they reveal not only how the contraception, abortion and sterilization bans target unhealthy and impoverished mothers for forced breeding of fresh molestation victims, but also how the RCC secretly forces priests’ knocked-up mistresses and rape victims to get abortions. Moreover, many miserable NFP couples facing divorce are learning that NFP “glitches” set up their “surprise miracle” babies to be born with RCC-demonized intersex syndromes. My younger NFP “brothers” likely have XXY Klinefelter Syndrome. RCC crimes go far beyond child molestation. Nobody would be Catholic if they knew the ugly truths. Mothers of abuse victims should be asked if the predator priests bullied them over their own attempts to have safe sex. Fair is fair. If priests can be treated to Viagra, their mistresses treated to Planned Parenthood visits, then mothers guaranteed death by their next pregnancy deserve safe sex with no apologies. Children will never be safe from priests as long as their mothers are kept in deadly incubating slavery for these spoiled priests.

  2. Check on your Options
    2017 SNAP Conference (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
    August 11-13, 2017
    The Westin Alexandria in Virginia/Washington, D.C.
    Amtrak or Megabus

  3. I have always known the bottom of the cesspool is my birthplace, Brooklyn. Thanks for your blog. I look forward to following the drama from the mountains of Colorado via internet. I will be making application for Phase II after consultation with Mike Reck whose video brought me to you. I have signed up for your newsletter and would like to send you a longer document “Just since SPOTLIGHT!” (please send me info on how I might send a 4 page pdf). Keep up the good work! I have been enjoying your information.

  4. In Minnesota we fought for ALL survivors of sexual abuse — ALL children / not just catholic — and ALL vulnerable adults / not just catholic. For over 13 years my words in legislative lobbying efforts were: “I am not a special survivor because I was abused by a priest, I’m survivor of childhood sexual abuse. —– The crap from the NY dioceses is like an empty Cracker Jack box or worse: catholic thinking that ONLY catholics are greeted at the heavenly gates.

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