• The Bible

    Fact or Fiction?

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  • The Monarchy

    The Roman Empire

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  • The Scandal

    It’s still going on.

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    Ignorance is no excuse.

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  • One Parish

    St. Peter Parish in Geneva, Illinois

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Open vs Closed Systems

There are basically two ways parish or religious communities can respond to accusations of sexual abuse against one of their leaders – current or former. Either the powers-that-be can bunker down and attempt to sweep the problem under the rug or they can address it openly and effectively with their members.  The following is a Continue Reading

60 Tips for Responding to Clergy Sex Crime Accusations

The following tips were compiled from some of the resources listed in the Resources section of this web site. These recommendations are mainly directed toward Church employees but Catholics in the pew should also be aware of them. The majority of the points have been made by Stephen Rossetti, an ordained member of the Roman Continue Reading

Rick Springer Update

Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:55 pm: Rick Springer has taken his last breath surrounded by friends and the love and spirit sent to him by so many of his dear friends and family members in many different ways.  Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, he’s free at last!!! Saturday, November 15, 2014 Continue Reading

Rick Springer

The Future I Never Had By Rick Springer (Attribution to Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse by Carmine Galasso) The most painful state of being is remembering the future; particularly when it is one you can never have. I sit here and look at these drawings… I think about what I might have been if it hadn’t been Continue Reading

“Inappropriate for a priest”

On November 4, 2006, I drove to St. Albert the Great Catholic parish near Chicago to speak on behalf of SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests). The Chicago press descended upon the parish in south-suburban Burbank after the Chicago Archdiocese released a statement that St. Albert’s pastor, Robert Stepek, was being removed from Continue Reading

Raped: Memories of a Catholic Altar Boy

A few years ago, I read a book titled Raped: Memories of a Catholic Altar Boy. The book is a first-person account given by Larry Monte, a survivor of serial rape by a Catholic priest that began when he was 15 and went on for two years. Dennis Domralzski, a veteran journalist, co-authored the book. Continue Reading

Belinda Martinez

The following is the transcript of a speech Belinda Martinez gave at a Voice of the Faithful meeting in Eden Prairie, Minnesota on July 31, 2003. (Attribution to Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and BishopAccountability.) “Thank you very much for your kind invitation to speak with you Continue Reading

Americans’ Dependence

  Today, the United States of America celebrate their 237th anniversary of independence from British rule. But not all Americans are free from the authority of a very powerful and fancily-clothed monarch. Those would be the Americans who are also Roman Catholics. The main point of the entire American Revolution back in the 18th century Continue Reading