COVID-19, Love, and Regret

Recently I read an article from a nearby church talking about its reasons for shutting down in-person worship. Much of the content was predictable, but one portion really resonated for me. That was the comment that love requires us to minimize the possibility of regret. The concept of minimizing the possibility of regret is useful as we think… Read More »

Coronavirus: Helping Bring About the Future of the Church?

Today’s post isn’t about abuse. Instead, it’s about the future of the church. Specifically, might coronavirus point the way towards the future of the church? What does one have to do with the other? Possibly nothing. Possibly a lot. Several factors made me think about these issues. One was an excellent article by Cam Miller, an Episcopal priest.… Read More »

A Note from The Editor

Many apologies for the delays in this weeks’ articles. My hands have been very full the past several weeks, with the death of my grandmother in early January, followed 20 days later by the death of my mother. That said, I am happy to report that I’m regrouping, and hope to be caught up before Monday. By the… Read More »

Exclusive Interview: Benningers Speak Out on Spiritual Abuse

In a recent USA Today article, the newspaper covered the harrowing story of spiritual abuse that Dominique and Megan Benninger and their family experienced when they blew the whistle on pastor Donald Foose, who had been convicted and jailed following charges he sexually molesting an underaged relative. Stripped of his teaching license by state education officials, Foose nonetheless became pastor… Read More »

Pro Publica Database of Credibly Accused Priests Added

Thanks to the generous efforts of non-profit investigative media organization Pro Publica, data on more that 6,000 Catholic priests has now been added to our online database. A few reflections: A data import of this sort is, especially now in the early phases, of necessity clunky. The category field of the existing database therefore has been used to… Read More »

Why Me? The Importance of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Training

For several years, I served as a diocesan sexual misconduct training and prevention facilitator. The experience was tremendously rewarding, and meeting people throughout the diocese a wonderful opportunity. That said, my sense was that even the most motivated cringed at the prospect of spending the better part of a Saturday in a classroom. And it wasn’t hard to… Read More »

Breaking News: Unconfirmed Reports About Disgraced Pastor Andy Savage’s New Church

This just in. Unconfirmed sources report that disgraced pastor Andy Savage, who sexually assaulted a teen entrusted to his care, is holding church services Sunday evenings at the offices of Speak Communications, located at 1648 West Massey in Memphis. Speak, which allegedly is owned by Andy’s brother, does marketing communications for churches. Sources say Andy’s new church, known… Read More »

New Feature: Online Database

Over the past several years, I have watched with dismay as The Episcopal Church and other denominations and faith traditions discuss the sharing of information about abusers. It seems to me that this should be a simple thing: If you are clergy and engage in any sort of abuse, people need to know. Churches need to know. Parishioners… Read More »

Breaking News: Greg Kelley, Alleged Child Abuser Whose Conviction Was Overturned, Sends Threatening Emails to Fellow Blogger

If my experience with Episcopal priest Bob Malm has taught me anything, it’s the importance of maintaining free speech. That includes standing up for fellow bloggers. So, before we go any further, let me say this to Greg Kelley: I’m publishing about you too. If you want to make Amy “highly regret” anything, I guess you’ll need to… Read More »