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Monday, February 29, 2016

Oh man, of course Hollywood would fall for SNAP

SNAP got their name all over Spotlight while the film was in the news, involved no more than a handful of survivors, then followed up with nothing. yet another Golden Opportunity let slide

UPDATE: This is the result. No one shows up (as always as no one is ever notified) for a SNAP organized event, those low numbers are then used against us, here is from March 1 Catholic League post:

Most Americans are truly outraged over the sexual abuse of minors, but there are many who feign anger. Take Mark Ruffalo, star of “Spotlight”: he held a protest outside a Cathedral—almost no one showed up—before the Oscars*

I joked few weeks back and said Blaine et al would show up at Oscars and put SNAP's name all over Spotlight and claim credit for some kind of work that involved the film, showing up in the news about the Academy Awards, like Blaine always shows up, almost alone, when pedophile priests are in the news. Then nothing else happens.  I didn't think it really would happen \as the Oscars but yesterday it did... On the red carpet, Mark Ruffalo said to the mic and the world: "Yeah I was at a protest with the SNAP group in L.A. at the cathedral and they were saying that every day more and more people are coming forward with their stories." Same quote that's come out after every SNAP press event since 1995 and know what? We will never hear who those "new survivors" are or what their story is, they'll disappear into the black hole between St. Louis and Chicago. Guess what Hollywood fell for SNAP, sigh, oh well, There's even Blaine in a photo hugging the movie stars, with her "Killroy was here" smile. It really happened, I was only joking when I said she'd show up at the Oscars almost all alone again claiming to represent survivors and everyone in the news media would believe her.  If she really ran a network for pedopriest victims, then why did only 16 people show up at the protest? Why weren't the rest of survivors in California notified about this pre-Oscar protest weeks in advance so we could get there. I bet word went out around L.A. at the last minute, as always, SNAP keeps turnout low. Making it look like the "survivors network" does something when really it does not. Except keep us from finding each other by hording all the contact information. The quilt in photo below made a statement at demonstrations in 2002, it's still the same quilt... It's astounding that SNAP didn't find a way to use the hundred thousand pedophile priest survivors in the country, or at least the thousand pedophile priest victims who got settlements from the L.A. area in 2007 settlements in a more planned and meaningful way on this special Oscar night, not surprising for those of us who've been part of this for decades though.

Protesters, many of whom identify as victims of abuse by Catholic priests, marched and brandished banners outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels Sunday morning.

I joked when I said Blaine et al would show up at Oscars and claim credit for Spotlight. Then
Ruffalo tweeted this flyer from SNAP, my first reaction was, why didn't a protest like this happen in every city. A Snapper then posted the flyer on Facebook saying "This is why we are still in the trenches - protecting kids and exposing the truth!!!" When did we ever go into the trenches? 
Mark Ruffalo
13 hrs
Just got back from a protest with SNAP Priest Sexual Abuse Survivors
Pre Oscar activity today for SNAP and SPOTLIGHT folks (Mark Ruffalo, Tom McCarthy, and Josh Singer).
Barbara Blaine added 3 new photos.
13 hrs
In front of LA Cathedral!

Of course Hollywood believes SNAP is who they say they are,
They both exist in a world created by PR
Blaine really did show up like Killroy with that smile, so then her photo, like one above, ended up in the news with the stars. And not much else. 

Wake me up tell me I'm dreaming

I'm happy for the movie winning best picture but wish more than a handful of survivors would have been able to take part in the experience like why not use all those SNAP branches in cities around the country, to plan events coinciding with the Oscars all over the country but, no, this was it 


Of Course Hollywood would fall for SNAP
even Hollywood Reporter:
Oscars: Mark Ruffalo Joins Sexual Abuse Protest Outside Los Angeles Cathedral
Hollywood Reporter - 17 hours ago They stood with members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, ...
-back to work, on Mary Mary Season 5 and a new show about Compton today...
posted by Kay Ebeling

*Catholic League Link sigh

Friday, February 26, 2016

trying to ram it down our throats!! Make this go viral!! ‪#‎NotMeUs‬ ‪#‎FeelTheBern‬

trying to ram it down our throats!! Make this go viral!! ‪#‎NotMeUs‬ ‪#‎FeelTheBern‬
Rosemary McHugh and Andrew G Mooney shared a link.
The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of Rev.…
  • "Attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, who represented the women, criticized church authorities for lifting Jeyapaul's suspension. 'The Vatican must be held accountable. ... This is on them. This is on the pope,' Anderson said. He added that they exploring further legal action over the decision to lift Jeyapaul's suspension and will announce details soon. 'They're both quite upset, disturbed and feel deeply betrayed that they would have the audacity to consider even putting him back in ministry,' Anderson said. 'To use Megan's words, "They'll never get it and I'm feeling re-victimized."'
    The Vatican office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declined immediate comment."

Monday, February 22, 2016

As if 30 years of advocacy never even happened

First a priest is reinstated after serving a short sentence for raping an early teenage Minnesota girl
notice below the contradictory headlines

New Catholic Bishops Told They Don't Have to Report ...

Feb 11, 2016 - New Catholic Bishops Told They Don't Have to Report Sexual ... PopeFrancis, left, leaves at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass in St. ... Updated | New Catholic bishops have been told that they have no obligation to report clerical childabuse, ... The document says bishops are required only to report the  ...

Papal commission: Bishops must report sex abuse charges ...

Feb 15, 2016 - A commission created by Pope Francis to advise him in the fight againstchild sexual abuse has reiterated that Catholic bishops have “a ... and personnelreport suspected abuse to the public authorities,” it says. .... to have moved to a different country, and an admitted child molester ... Don't have an answer.

Pope's Sex Abuse Commission Says Bishops Must Report ...
7 days ago - Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse says bishops have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report all cases of suspected rape, molestation and other ... a French monsignor who reportedly said bishops don't have to report cases.... order, who raped his seminarians and fathered three children.

Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse ... › World › Vatican

The Guardian
Feb 10, 2016 - Vatican guide says 'not necessarily' bishop's duty to report suspects to police despite Pope Francis's vows to redress Catholic church's legacy of child abuse.... Boston archdiocese, where 150 priests were accused of molesting children. ... for the priesthood at a Yorkshire seminary have recently settled their  ...

Vatican: Bishops not required to report abuse to police - UPI ...

Feb 11, 2016 - ... church document tells bishops they don't have to report clericalchild abuse ... Pope Francis, shown here on Christmas Eve, has said "everything possible" .... The offense was really not the protecting of a molester but the  ...

Vatican Says Bishops Not Obligated to Report Sex Abuse to ... › world

The Christian Post
Feb 12, 2016 - Catholic Bishops have no legal obligation to report sex abuse allegations to ... Retired Bishop Says Pope John Paul II 'Couldn't Deal' With Child Sex ... to achieving justice for victims of the Church's decades-long molestation scandal, ..."This basically instructs the bishop that they don't have to do anything;  ...

Abuse Tracker - A Blog by Kathy Shaw

A Herald Sun report claiming Cardinal George Pell is being investigated by ... Pell has strongly denied allegations of involvement in child sexual abuse, ... BALLARAT, Australia — Victims of clergy abuse have won permission to be .... [The pope said bishops must resign if they moving pedophile priests from parish to parish.].

What's the State of the Church's Child Abuse Crisis? - PBS

Parents and staff, Hess said, were “discussing whether he is a child molester.” ... the crisis is subsiding, since most victims don't report abuse until they're adults. ... Critics of the Catholic Church say that recalcitrant bishops have taken their cues from ... A year into his papacy, Pope Francis has suggested some willingness to  ...

New Vatican Document Says Bishops Are Not Obligated to ...

Feb 15, 2016 - New Vatican Document Says Bishops Are Not Obligated to Report ... it has an absolute duty to protect children who have been molested by Church leaders.... by Pope Francis to identify “best practices” in the fight against child abuse, .... I justdon't think they're lying about thinking child molestation is wrong  ...

It Is Not 'Necessary' For Bishops To Report Child Sex Abuse ...

6 days ago - Catholic Church: It Is Not 'Necessary' For Bishops To Report Child Sex ...So, in other words, these people are telling their new bishops that they don't have to go to the cops if they find out someone in their charge is molesting kids. That is in sharp contrast to Pope Francis's earlier statement, which said:  

Me, I'm still housing challenged and still facing strange reaction from people when I apply to join a group, rent an apartment - even when I try to sign on as a volunteer, emailing groups I want to the address in the paper saying they need volunteers. 
I get no response
no email returned
no phone call returned

What Could Have Happened is
In each case the contact could Google my name and immediately find this blog. If they are Catholic, as in volunteer places at least one of the board members is a Catholic, a politically connected one, the priest will tell you "don't hire her" or "Don't let her volunteer" on orders from someone. Okay that starts to sound paranoid. Point is it's eerie that I get not just turned down for things, and the person in contact doesn't just end all contact, they don't return emails and my calls go to voicemails to which they never reply.
It could be bk I'm old.  Hmm, going to write that story today about the first guy who turned me down for an apt in Tahoe, will post it here at CofA 7 Boulevard today (it's up there now).

Still ain't got my settlement check from case that supposedly settled in September, the Church got Medicare and other arms of the government to join them in harassing me instead.

-By Kay Ebeling
-Producer, City of Angels Blog

(Wow, just as I typed that meme of mine, I realized the city of angels is not even in L.A. anymore, let alone everywhere, I may not believe it anymore  the way things are going on this planet. not sure it's left on the planet anymore.  (Link is to my other blog CofA Pundit)

I wouldn't be surprised if Jesus already came back, saw what a mess humans had made of his work, and left again, saying, so long sayonara y'all are on your own now)