2011 April

Apr 07, 2011: Survivors of man who alleged Philadelphia clergy abuse sue

It was one of the more searing allegations in the recent Philadelphia grand
jury report on clergy sex abuse:
A Bristol Township man killed himself after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
refused to believe that a priest had molested him when he was an altar boy.
On Wednesday, relatives of the man, Daniel Neill, became the latest to sue
the archdiocese over its response to abuse victims. Neill shot himself in June
“It’s a wrongful death is what it is,” said Jeff Anderson, a lawyer for
Neill’s family.

The grand jury cited the handling of Neill’s complaint as one of three …

Apr 06, 2011: Wrongful Death Claim to Be Filed Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Wednesday

Press Release

April 5, 2011


Wrongful Death Claim to Be
Filed Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Wednesday


(Philadelphia) Attorneys for the family of “Ben”, the 36 year-old
former St. Mark Parish altar boy whose

tragic story of sexual abuse,
rejection and suicide was told in the recent Philadelphia Grand Jury Report

on clergy abuse in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the

in the Court of Common Pleas,
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.


The following St…

Apr 04, 2011: Oakland Tribune Viewpoint: Crisis in Catholic Church apparent in East Bay

AS A Catholic priest in voluntary exile from the
Diocese of Oakland since March 15, 2005, I decided a year ago to stand in public
solidarity with those being hurt the most by my church. Every Sunday I stand
outside Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland with a sign that reads:
“Structural reform now! Include the Excluded: Women, Abuse Survivors, Gay
One recent Sunday a young man approached, read my sign
and said to me: “I have a better wording for your sign: (explitive) the pope.”
Another passerby said to me, “Why reform the Catholic Church? Why not just shut
it down…

Apr 01, 2011: St. John’s Abbey released names of accused as part of lawsuit settlement.

The identities of 17 monks who have faced “credible allegations of sexual
abuse” or other misconduct were made public Monday, representing a break in the
secrecy that has long surrounded most Minnesota clergy abuse cases.
The names were released by St. John’s Abbey of Collegeville as part of a
settlement of clergy abuse lawsuits announced on Monday by St. Paul attorney
Jeff Anderson.