Posts tagged "sexual abuse"

Upgrading to Homos

The Catholic League's president, Bill Donohue, has written all of us a long letter which features in a full page ad in today's New York Times.  Criticism of the church is outlandishly overblown, he argues, citing Philip Jenkins, a 2004 John Jay study (funded by the USCCB), and Robert S. Bennett of the...

Adult Sexual Assault Victims and the Catholic Church

From Kathryn Joyce's recent article at Religion Dispatches:
Adult victims could comprise up to 25% of all clergy abuse cases, estimates David Clohessy, National Director of SNAP, but often face considerable skepticism about their stories. “In the eyes of the law, victims like Birge are adults. But that doesn’t mean that emotionally, psychologically, in the...

It’s In the Dictionary

The Revealer and Killing the Buddha contributor Mary Valle has been keeping us abreast of the developments in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. In doing so, she's coined the term "Pontifigate"; it has now been picked up by UrbanDictionary.com.

The Longevity Loophole

We've seen how, in general, great crimes can go unpunlshed (a la George Monbiot) far more easily than the little ones. Here's a new wrinkle in the annals of deviltry, so to speak. Apparently, you can rape your little, uh, heart out as a priest, as long as you make it to your golden...

Pontifigate: Hazardous to My Health

Mary Valle: Oh! My stomach can't take any more! Thank you, Pontifigate. You have literally made me sick. Watergate gave its followers such a savory feeling of justice being served; there were bad guys, breaking laws, covering it up, bungling along the way: then it all ended so satisfactorily. If a scandal could have...

Getting Pre-Modern.

Ah, the simpler times. When mass was in Latin, pedophilia was not spoken of, and suffering brought cries for mercy, not cries for justice. Catholic News Service reports on a two-and-a-half hour high mass held on April 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Bishop Edward Slatterly (Tulsa,...

Imagine this! Or Can a Church hierarchy become a Catholic community?

by Angela Zito Eight years in Catholic school, from which I liberated myself at the age of fourteen into public junior high, has put me into a Facebook flurry right now among former Catholic school kids now grown up. The slow-burning scandal of child-abuse covered up, which started in the minds of many as an American...

The Devil Made Them Do It?

It was like anything and everything I said would be believed. –Kyle Zirpolo By Elizabeth Rich The day before Halloween 2005, The L.A. Times Magazine reported the first recantation in the infamous satanic ritual abuse case that engulfed California’s McMartin Preschool in the 1980’s. More than two decades after Judy Johnson reported to police that...

Coalition Demolition

13 October 2005 Sad times are here for the once king-making Christian Coalition. As The Washington Times’Julia Duin chronicles the dwindling attendance at Coalition “Road to Victory” rallies, as well as the group’s looming financial problems, which have left a “trail of unpaid bills” all across the Bible Belt, Editor & Publisher delves further into the accusations of...