Breaking: Msgr Lynn in Philly: Decision Reversed

Just in: Via Deacon Greg: The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn, a Philadelphia area priest. Lynn has been serving three to six years in prison after his child-endangerment conviction last year. Prosecutors had argued that Lynn reassigned predators to new parishes in […]

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Child Protection Right Under Abuser’s Noses

My erstwhile assistant, Christine Marino found this about an ad that displays two images, one for adults and another for children. Amazing. Let’s pray today for all victims of abuse, so we might better offer protection for them and for forgiveness and healing so that all may live in peace. Amen.

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Accused Priest Returned to Ministry in Joliet…But Should He Be Allowed to Return?

From the Herald News in Joliet, Ill. recently comes the news about Fr. F. Lee Ryan, who had a credible accusation against him regarding and affair he had with a minor. The law calls for discipline up to removal from the priesthood for adultery with minors under the age of 16. But Ryan is being […]

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Facebook Forgivers

So I’ll be honest, some days the factions in the Catholic Church drive me up the wall. For instance my colleague Jim Martin, SJ posted a picture of Sr. Pat Farrell, the head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on Facebook and immediately people talked about her being a “bad Catholic.” Fr. Jim then […]

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When You Survive a Shooting Only to Be Killed in Another

The Colorado movie theatre shooting gives us just one more look into the lives of young people who’s generation is marked by a number of random acts of violence. It’s so rampant in their lives that one person could in fact have been present at more than one random shooting now. And I’m not talking […]

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UPDATE: Msgr. Lynn = Guilty of Endangerment but Not Conspiracy

Reuters has the early story: Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty on Friday of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Roman Catholic official convicted in the church child sex abuse scandal. The jury acquitted Lynn, who oversaw hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, on two other […]

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And Deliver Buffalo from Evil…

A shooting occurred at Eric County Med Center (ECMC) this morning here in Buffalo. Many of my medical students do rotations there, so I’m obviously quite concerned for them. Some details from the Buffalo News: Buffalo police are looking for a prominent trauma surgeon in connection with the fatal shooting this morning of a woman […]

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Sexism in Hockey and the Church

So recently this one came across my plate since the Stanley Cup playoffs have started. It’s a show called “While the Men Watch” about women whose husbands, boyfriends, etc. watch sports but they’re not too eager to join in the festivities. So they created a show around the minutia that they discuss while their men […]

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Expert to Vatican: Get Help With Abuse Cases

In today’s NY Times a Vatican-called conference on child sexual abuse is going on and the clearest advice given thus far has encouraged the Vatican to listen to those abused rather than a focusing on those who wronged them exclusively. They were urged to get a lot of help in dealing with the crimes committed. […]

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Penn State Students Are Out of Control

There’s no way that this game can happen on Saturday. If I’m Nebraska, I go nowhere near Un-Happy Valley. And while Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were removed yesterday here’s a bit of irony from Sports Illustrated: Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley said today in a press conference that assistant coach […]

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