2019 February

Feb 26, 2019: Hey, Pope Francis: The Devil Is In the Detail

The Vatican summit on Catholic clergy child sex abuse ended as these things usually do, with a lot of defensive and cynical lip service from the pope that has no apparent purpose other than public relations shell games. This time, it included a lot of papal talk about the devil.On the eve of the summit with 180 of his bishops last week, Pope Francis proclaimed that critics of the Church are “friends, cousins and relatives of the devil.”, an assertion so stunningly ridiculous and tone deaf that it is hard to believe a pope uttered it with a straight face. As the summit ended, Pope Francis state…

Feb 19, 2019: Leaders of Catholic Religious Orders Admit to “Errors in Judgment”; Statement from Jeff Anderson & Associates

“These are not errors in judgement but calculated and conscious choices they have made for decades. This is a time for action and truth, not apologies and appeasement.” – Attorney Jeff Anderson(Rome) – Today, the leaders of the Catholic religious orders admitted to what they refer to as, “errors in judgment” in handling child sexual abuse cases. Last week, five courageous sexual abuse survivors filed a lawsuit naming the Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men for hiding a dangerous public hazard by concealing the identities and files of all religious clerics who have been accused of chi…

Feb 18, 2019: Pope Francis to Host “Unprecedented” Summit on Child Sexual Abuse as Survivors Continue to Demand Justice

Pope Francis to host “unprecedented” summit on child sexual abuseNew York’s history-making Child Victims Act is a victory for sexual abuse survivors in the face of – and in response to – decades of cover-up and inactivity by powerful institutions. The new law allows sexual abuse survivors more time to seek justice and healing while holding enabling institutions accountable and pressuring them to finally be transparent and safe. The New York Child Victims Act comes in the midst of a head-spinning era of sexual abuse prevention activity, public pressure and publicity in which we read about…

Feb 15, 2019: Brooklyn Diocese Releases List of Clergy Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minors; Statement from Jeff Anderson & Associates

Statement from Jeff Anderson & Associates (Brooklyn, NY) – Today, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio released a list of over 100 names of clergy with allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.  Prior to today’s release, the Brooklyn diocese covertly released a list on its website in November 2017 containing the names of 8 priests and then quietly added five more names to the list.  This list is currently unavailable on the diocese’s website. In addition to this list, the Diocese of Brooklyn made a brief statement in response to survivor Thomas Davis’ allegat…

Feb 14, 2019: Tom Davis Shares His Truth About Sexual Abuse by Msgr. Otto Garcia at St. Michael’s in the Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Otto Garcia was tasked with handling pedophile priests in the Brooklyn Diocese — but now a man is accusing him of abuseA Queens man claims he endured sexual abuse by a priest — now a monsignor — who would later be accused of concealing the sins of pedophile priests in the Brooklyn Diocese.For more than four decades, Tommy Davis says, he carried the secret that he’d been repeatedly sexually abused as a teen by Monsignor Otto Garcia.And Davis says his shame caused him to fall into drugs, alcoholism and ruined relationships before he got sober. It took him decades to tell his story…