HB1155 – Eliminate the Statute of Limitations

Let’s Work Together to Eliminate the Statute of Limitations As survivors of sexual abuse, most of us can attest to the fact that the criminal act of sexual assault, especially of a child, can take years and years to uncover. Because my abuser was a priest, the trauma overwhelmed me. I buried the truth until I […]

Pope Francis in the US prompts interest in Priest Sexual Abuse

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 […]

While We’re Young, Pope Francis: Waiting for Real Action on Priest 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.

Best of 2014: I’m honored my story is included on this list

It’s time for all the Best of 2014 lists And I’m on one of them! I’m so blessed. My coming out story was chosen as one of the best of 2014. And I was invited to tell it again on December 2nd at A Guide To Visitors, Seattle’s longest running personal storytelling event. The evening […]

On the Confession of Child Abuse

From The Washington Post: “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem to me a cloak for hiding that business. How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?” That’s the Archbishop of York, John […]

God Is Not Afraid, But Bishops Are

It appears my reluctance to embrace the Vatican’s inclusive new stance on gays was appropriate. Just a week after the initial statement, the bishops backtracked, then watered-down the original wording, then failed to accept even that. And we’re right back where we started. The AP reported: Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, […]

Is the Catholic Church Stance on Gays Changing?

King 5 News interviewed me about the Vatican’s recent statement that all persons – even gays – deserve to be treated with dignity. I applaud the words, and absolutely agree. But I do like to see rhetoric followed up with action. And in this case, there’s been no suggestion that doctrinal modifications will be coming. […]