It wasn’t my Fault: How Priests Have Rationalized Their Abuse of Minors

I have drawn the information below from the same 2011 Report to Catholic Bishops on Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests that I have referred to in previous posts on this subject. It is possible that, with the increased understanding since that time of the harm sexual abuse does to victims, the excuses given by priestContinue reading “It wasn’t my Fault: How Priests Have Rationalized Their Abuse of Minors”

How the Priest Sets About Abusing a Minor

  There are similarities between the tactics of an abusing priest and an abusing coach or scout counselor: for example, the abuse itself almost always occurs in private and the offender carefully cultivates a close advisory relationship with the victim. In the case of a priest the abuse generally takes place in the church, anContinue reading “How the Priest Sets About Abusing a Minor”

The Silence of the Catholic Church on its Priests’ Abuse of Minors: The Family, The Parish, Schools, The Hierarchy

A few years ago I had occasion to mention priest abuse of minors to the then pastor of the Catholic church I attend.  His response was that a lot of those priests had been falsely accused.  I had a distinct sense that by even bringing up the subject I was breaking some unspoken rule dictatingContinue reading “The Silence of the Catholic Church on its Priests’ Abuse of Minors: The Family, The Parish, Schools, The Hierarchy”

The Causes and Contexts of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

My reaction to this 2011 report was mixed. A sociological study replete with charts and graphs meant to highlight its objectivity and reinforce its conclusions, the report was compiled by a team of investigators from John Jay College (data analysts, and research associates) along with their consultants. The conclusions are not always in sync ,Continue reading “The Causes and Contexts of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010”

Priest Abuse in the Catholic Church: Its Effects on Survivors

Ever since I read the list of priest abusers released by the Jesuits on 1/15/2019, I have been trying to deal with the pain of having known some of these abusers personally both before and after I was a Jesuit seminarian in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. In an effort to broaden my perspectiveContinue reading “Priest Abuse in the Catholic Church: Its Effects on Survivors”

Masada and the Dead Sea

As our bus rolled south of Jerusalem, we noticed the gradual change in the landscape from green hills to brown desert. Masada is a fortress rising in that desert above the Dead Sea.  The fortress was built by Herod the Great about three decades before the birth of Christ and, after the Roman destruction ofContinue reading “Masada and the Dead Sea”

Bethlehem in Israel

Mary and I had a choice on our 2009 bus tour to make an afternoon visit to either East Jerusalem or the not too distant West Bank town of Bethlehem and, being Christian, we chose Bethlehem.  Like the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean (also partially on the Israeli-Egyptian border) Bethlehem is part of a PalestinianContinue reading “Bethlehem in Israel”

More on Trust Betrayed

This is among the saddest days I’ve ever experienced.  Today the Jesuits of the Northeast Province of the United States released the names of Jesuits (most deceased, some not) who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, mostly of minors. Those Jesuits include one who was the student counselor at the Jesuit high school IContinue reading “More on Trust Betrayed”

Writing and Identity: A Reflection on Yesterday’s Philadelphia Eagles Loss to the New Orleans Saints

In one of my first posts on this new blog site I wrote that my best writing originates in a feeling of closeness to the person I really am. I recalled that post when I read this morning’s headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sportswriters, generally speaking, seem to me chronic second guessers, pretending to greater expertiseContinue reading “Writing and Identity: A Reflection on Yesterday’s Philadelphia Eagles Loss to the New Orleans Saints”

Jerusalem Absent the Television Set

The first three photos are of three places in Jerusalem often seen on T.V.: the first, associated with Judaism, is the Western (or Wailing) Wall , where I am giving a poor imitation of the visiting dignitaries who love to be photographed there; the second, associated with Islam, is the Dome of the Rock orContinue reading “Jerusalem Absent the Television Set”

A Pause in my photo memories of a 10 year old tour of Israel for my 1 year old Goodreads review of “Daisy Miller” by Henry James

Daisy Miller is among the easiest to read of all James’s stories and, from the time the title character makes her appearance to near the end, the most entertaining.   Daisy is a young American visiting Vevey, Switzerland on the shore of Lake Geneva with her mother.  Delighting in the company of gentlemen and impatient withContinue reading “A Pause in my photo memories of a 10 year old tour of Israel for my 1 year old Goodreads review of “Daisy Miller” by Henry James”

The River Jordan, Israel

Mary and I arrived at this baptismal site on the Jordan River in the Galilee on January 6th, a day before the public holiday of Christmas as celebrated by many Eastern Orthodox Christians, including those from Serbia, Russia and the Ukraine. The result was a good many more tourists than ordinarily expected. Our visit hereContinue reading “The River Jordan, Israel”