See that nice man, holding the little girl’s hand? That’s the priest who abused me and thirty other children. See this friendly smile? That belonged to the late Father Michael Cody, whose name was among 77 abusive priests just released by the Seattle Archdiocese. The Church is Still in Denial on Abuse – Unsurprising, yet […]
Did you know happiness and success are your decision? For many who have been abused – by a priest, or any other authority figure – feelings of happiness and success can be hard to come by. Abuse can take the foundation out from under you, leaving powerlessness and helplessness as the norm. I struggled for […]
The SPOTLIGHT is on abusive priests. You must see this illuminating and critically acclaimed film, opening November 20th across the country.
Pope Francis’ visit to the US had me scrambling. Along with others who’ve spoken out about the need for change in the Catholic Church. I had three calls for interviews just before and then during the Pope’s visit. Here are audio clips from two of those. Seattle’s KUOW had me on to talk specifically about […]
Mary Dispenza celebrates the visit of Pope Francis to the US with a special offer and another plea for action on priest sex abuse.
Time is ticking away since the June formation of the Pope Francis’ tribunal on bishops who sheltered abusive priests. Time to press for real action on priest abuse from the Vatican.
Unique view of the Priest Abuse Scandal today on HuffPostLive: former nun and abuse survivor Mary Dispenza, and Mary Pflum Peterson, child of an abused nun.
There one sits in the pew, getting a good look at the inevitably genial-appearing man performing the sacraments and delivering a suitably serious yet broadly accessible sermon message, and the thought is inevitable—“So, is this one a child abuser too?”
A confession: I never thought I would see this day Though I’ve worked hard for the acceptance of same-sex couples, I never really believed I would see the day when I could marry the person I loved. I never thought I would see the day that my transgender friends would be granted their rightful place […]
Sunday June, 28th I was at Island Books, in the beautiful village of Mercer Island, Washington, to read some selections from my memoir, SPLIT: A child, a priest and the Catholic Church. At my readings, I always spend some time talking about the issues survivors face. The last few months gave us lots to talk […]