Monthly Archives: June 2013

MORTAL SINS coming to the West Coast

If you are in California or Washington, make sure that you come and see Michael D’Antonio talk about his new book MORTAL SINS.

The Boston Globe calls the book “perhaps the most comprehensive history of the wrongdoing to date” and the Buffalo News says, “Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D’Antonio’s new book “Mortal Sins” will be the gold standard for unraveling what happened during the Catholic priests’ sex abuse scandal of the last three decades. D’Antonio’s balanced exposition and analysis is the equivalent of a cleansing shower on a disturbing period in church history that will reverberate for 100 years or more.”

I will be on the panel in all of the five cities, and I hope to see you there.  All of the events are free and open to the public, so bring a friend and invite everyone you know.

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Here is the complete list of dates:

SAN DIEGO, CA– Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7 pm Alliant University, Green Hall, Co-sponsored by IVAT, the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma at Alliant University, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego

FULLERTON, CA – Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7 pm Fullerton Public Library – Presented as a part of Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series — 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Friday, June 28 at 7 pm Falkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara Co-sponsored by Therapy Trust and SB Voice of the Faithful

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 pm Mission Cultural Center Theater, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco

SEATTLE, WA – Sunday, June 30 at 7:30 pm Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle

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Priest Criminal Arrests and Suicides

One of the key lessons we were taught as priests is that bishops are the Episkopos, or, the Overseer of their Dioceses.  As the Episkopos, a bishop oversees all Roman Catholic Priests to whom he has granted faculties.

A bishop’s ability to oversee or supervise the clergy is reaching a new low.  The criminal conduct by priests in 2013 has not abated.  Rather, priest arrests are increasing.  See the most recent arrests of Fathers Koppala, Guarin-Sosa, Medina-Cruz and Wehmeyer.

Worse yet, even though the Dallas 2002 Charter prohibited Episcokopos from having criminally convicted priests in ministry, Archbishops have chosen to continue placing such priests like Father Michael Fugee in control over children.

Two recent priest suicides are another sign the Bishops are not supervising the Priests.  Father David Anderson in Los Angeles and Father Jamie Medina-Cruz chose to end their lives.  I do not fault them—we must hear their cries of deep desperation.

It is time for the Bishops to stop speaking in code words and take action to protect children and oversee the priests.  Unless an outside civil agency forces change on the Bishops more children will be harmed and more priests will become more alone and more desperate.

Father Leo Charles Koppala, Diocese of Winona, Minnesota.

Father Jamie Medina-Cruz, Diocese of Alexandria Louisiana.

Father Julio Cesar Guarin-Sosa, Diocese of Stockton California

Father David Ellis Anderson, Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Father Curtis Wehmeyer, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Father Michael Fugee, Archdiocese of Newark.

 

 

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