Please note: We are aware that the links to many of the newspaper articles below have expired.  Nevertheless, the headlines remain because they speak volumes!


Allentown Morning Call

Priest accused of molestation is defrocked, Morning Call, Feb. 15, 2008

Judge Says Priest Files Must Be Released, February 7, 2007

Crash kills priest accused of seeking sex, December 15, 2006

Pope's pastor urges penance for sex abuse, December 16, 2006

Tougher laws target sexual predators, protect children, raise public a, Dec 4, 2006

Rendell signs bills on child-sex offenders, November 30, 2006

Judge tosses suit against archdiocese He says racketeering law can't b, Nov. 23

Priest with child porn going to jail, November 22, 2006

Senate OKs bill to help sex-abuse victims, November 22, 2006

Pope says wounds inflicted by clergy sex abuse 'run deep', October 29, 2006

Pedophile priest confesses his crimes in documentary about clergy abuse, October 8

State must close loopholes that let pedophiles hide, October 1, 2006

Church seeks dismissal of sex-abuse lawsuit, September 19, 2006

A 'voice and face' for those abused, September 16, 2006

Priest's arrest raises questions about diocese monitoring, September 14, 2006


America Magazine

Accountability, Letters, March 12, 2007 issue


The Associated Press

Priests Hear Victims' Tales of Abuse, September 16, 2006

Hundreds of priests hear victims' tales of molestation, September 16, 2006


Bucks County Courier Times

Accused priest banned from duties, August 10, 2007

Archdiocese hires victim advocate, January 27, 2006

Priest relieved of duties, January 25, 2006 
Demonstrators protest church abuse scandal at Rigali's home, November 6, 2005


Delaware County Times

Editorial- Let abuse victims’ voices be heard in court, September 19, 2006

Editorial: Lawmakers should revise sex-abuse statute, July 24, 2006


Intelligencer (Doylestown)

Navy doctor wins default judgment in Del. against accused priest, January 30, 2007

Window would allow civil suits, December 6, 2006

Rendell signs bills to crack down on child-sex offenders, November 29, 2006

Bills strengthen sex offender laws, November 29, 2006

Documents Outline Sex Abuse Allegations, November 28

Senate sends to Rendell a bill to help clergy sex-abuse victims, November 21

Bill to help clergy sex-abuse victims heads to Senate, November 17, 2006


KYW 1060

Phila. Church Sex Abuse Scandal Leading to Proposals for New Laws, April 27, 2006


Compensating for the sins of the fathers, November 10, 2006

After the truth, healing will come, November 10, 2006

The crisis of credibility in Philadelphia, October 28, 2005


News Journal, Delaware

Letters to the Editor

Diocese should be pro-active about its support of S.B.29, (pdf) April 1, 2007

Our children need the protection S.B. 29 promises, April 2, 2007

Sexual abuse of kids is not a Catholic Diocese problem, April 2, 2007




Upset over bishop’s action, December 13, 2005


Orlando Sentinel

Priests' troubled pasts led here, Orlando Sentinel, Aug 13, 2007


Disgraced, defrocked. . .and protected, Phila Daily News, 4/3/2008

For some priests, a life in the sun, Phila Daily News, 4/3/2008

At 'the Villa': Prayer, penance ... and fallen priests, Phila Daily News, 4/3/2008

Letters: CALLING FOR BETTER LAWS ON ABUSE CASES, Daily News, Mar 28, 2008

Letters: Access on Priests (scroll down), Daily News, Feb. 21, 2008

Years after abuse complaints, priest defrocked, Daily News, 2/15/2008


Measures fight sex abuse, November 30, 2006

Ronnie Polaneczky | There's more to do, November 28, 2006

D.A.'S PASSION PLAY CARRIES DAY, November 27, 2006

Child-abuse bill OK'd, November 22, 2006

Ronnie Polaneczky | Call Pa. Senate on sex-abuse bill - today!, November 21, 2006

Photo by: ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Daily News

Abuse suit dismissed, November 21, 2006


The pedophile priest, October 27, 2006

Letters | An anti-abuser bill (scroll down to the last letter), October 24,2006

Letters | Archdiocese responds, October 20, 2006

Archdiocese to ask judge to dismiss class-action suit, September 18,2006

Rigali hears the horror stories, September 16, 2006

Ronnie Polaneczky | A BETTER IDEA: Sell mansion, use money to heal wounds, Sept.14, 2006


When Catholics have to choose, November 2, 2005

Ronnie Polaneczky | Column sparks notes of gratitude for 'Father Mac', October 20,2005

RIGALI: ACTION REQUIRED, September 23, 2005




Letters: Readers Respond, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/26/2008

Faithful must make church change its ways, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/24/2008


Letters: Offensive cartoon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 22, 2008

Letters: Priest defrocking, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 21, 2008

Letters: Church's late actions; Cardinal sins; Abuse continues, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 19, 2008

Editorial: Priest Defrocked, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 18, 2008

Church defrocks Philadelphia priest, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 14, 2008

Delaware leads the way on sex abuse, Letter to the Editor, July 31, 2007

Church embezzlement, Letter to the Editor (pdf), January 24, 2007

Archdiocese seeking to remove a priest, December 23, 2006

Allegations cost ex-priest Fla. job, December 19, 2006

Rendell signs broader laws on child sex abuse, November 30, 2006

New law expands sex-abuse sanctions, November 22, 2006

Editorial | Sex-Abuse Legislation, November 17, 2006

Ex-priest reduced to lay status, November 17, 2006

House OKs abuse-law expansion, November 16, 2006

Letters to the Editor Letters, (3rd letter), November 10, 2006

Pope calls clergy sex abuse 'egregious', October 29, 2006

Exceptional 'Deliver Us' asks church to account, October 27, 2006

Pa. House fails to vote on abuse bill, October 26, 2006

Letters | Church should back bill targeting sexual abuse, October 24, 2006

On Movies | Convicted pedophile ex-priest goes on camera, October 22, 2006

D.A. promotes sex-abuse bill, October 14,2006

Prelate's service draws protests, October 4, 2006

One year on, no fix in abuse laws, September 28, 2006

Backers hopeful on abuse bills, September 28, 2006

Letters | Push to make church safe must begin with Rigali, Sept 20, 2006

Will victims of pedophile priests be allowed to sue-, Sept. 19, 2006

Priests hear victims' pain, September 16, 2006

Church reaches out to victims, September 14, 2006

Letters | 'Glaring disconnect' in the actions of teachers, (2nd ltr), Sept. 5, 2006

Bucks County priest removed from all duties, August 29, 2006

Letters | Rigali should rethink 'unsanctioned' , August 24, 2006

Bishops- We're not blocking legislation, August 14, 2006

Letters | Letters (scroll down to the third one), August 13, 2006

Editorial | Sexual Abuse by Priests, August 8, 2006

Letter- Church failing on sex abuse, August 6, 2006

Editorial | Clergy Abuse, July 17, 2006

Chesco pastor removed over 1970s abuse case, July 4,2006

A pall over a larger-than-life legend, June 25,2006

Man accused of abuse is removed from priesthood, June 23, 2006

13 sue archdiocese over abuse, June 16, 2006

Censure most high, June 15, 2006

Priest gets probation in a deal, April 29, 2006

Sex-abuse coalition pushes legal change, April 25, 2006

Diocese defrocks 3 more priests, April 7, 2006

Where are the reforms on sex abuse, April 6, 2006

Cost of abuse scandal is rising, March 31, 2006

Church says at least 102 priests suspected of Dublin abuse since '40, March 9, 2006

Liberal U.S. bishop resigns, February 3, 2006

Priest loses post pending probe of alleged abuse, January 26, 2006

Bishop- Drop time limit on sex-abuse suits, January 11, 2006

Bishop of Camden to summon the laity He said his "vision for the future" involves lay Catholics assuming a more vigorous role in guiding their parishes, January 7, 2006

Hospice operator fires counselor, January 6, 2006

Court says parish cannot secede, January 6, 2006

Religion | Community notes, December 31,2005

Boston church offers to settle more abuse cases, December 31, 2005

Navy retiree files abuse lawsuit against Scranton diocese, December 14, 2005

Legislature approves bill to let victims sue charities, December 13, 2005

Tears, anger over priest's probation, December 10, 2005

Tom Ferrick Jr. | Forget the money; give them justice, December 7, 2005

Letters | Letters, December 4, 2005

Church fights plan to ease sex-suit filing, December3, 2005

A new divide on gay priests, November 30, 2005

John Grogan | A terrific year for turkeys, November 28, 2005

Poll finds doubts on abuse response, November 16, 2005

Top bishop says morale is high despite scandals, November 15, 2005

Priest, deacon accused of misconduct, November 15, 2005

Of church scandal, forgiveness and fairness, November 13, 2005

Church abuse response presents mixed picture, November 11, 2005

Letters to the Editor, November 11, 1, and October 14, 2005

Priest let go from school amid inquiry, November 5, 2005

Church to settle Conn. abuse cases, November 1, 2005

Rigali gives apology for suffering of priest abuse, October 31, 2005

Drexel official in report quits, October 28, 2005

Parishioners vent anger at clergy over abuse, October 27, 2005

Forum tonight on priest sex abuse findings, October 26, 2005

Priest cited as enabler resigns, October 25, 2005

Examination of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Response to the Grand Jury Report

Priests still grieve over abuse report, October 23, 2005

Victim group asks Rigali to back sexual-abuse law, October 21, 2005

Archdiocese response to SNAP letter, 10/20/05

Letter from SNAP to the Archdiocese, 10/20/05

Group asks for change in sex abuse law, October 20, 2005

Defrocked priest performs baptism, October 17, 2005

Blaming someone else isn't right response, October 17, 2005

Profiles of 25 priests who are accused of sexual abuse, October 16, 2005

Bishop- Sorry for 'institutional sin', October 16, 2005

Camden Diocese escapes scrutiny, October 16, 2005

The papacy's prime focus on gayness, October 16, 2005

Abuse's 'enablers' still rank in church, October 14, 2005

A failure to alert parents, October 14, 2005

Vicar helped priest stay in service, October 14, 2005

Lawyer seeks to reinstate suit against archdiocese, October 14, 2005

Files in L.A. could speed settlement of priest-abuse cases, October 13, 2005

Tom Ferrick Jr. |, The Cardinal is sorry, October 9, 2005

A plan to empower lay Catholics, October 9, 2005

Rigali takes a softer stance, October 7, 2005

Drexel official, accused in priest scandal, put on leave, October 7, 2005

Opinion | Undermining trust in the church, October 6, 2005

Pope should rescind celibacy rule for priests, October 5, 2005

John Grogan | On the contrary- Father O'Sullivan, October 3, 2005

Editorial | Abuse victims deserve a day in court, October 2, 2005

Report could shake church hierarchy, October 2, 2005

Monitor, October 2, 2005

Letters, October 2, 2005

Tom Ferrick Jr. | No confession, no contrition, October 2, 2005

'Case management' instead of contrition, October 2, 2005

Reports of abuse grow by dozens, September 30, 2005

John Grogan | Led us astray, angry flock says, September 30, 2005

Letters | Letters, September 30, 2005

To Make a Report, September 30, 2005

High court rejects abuse victims' suit, September 29, 2005

Victims need a day in court, September 29, 2005

Let our hearts go out to the many good priests serving, September 29, 2005

Letters | Chemical industry well-prepared for emergencies, September 29, 2005

Tom Ferrick Jr. | Among Catholics, sadness and fury, September 28, 2005

Priests reportedly chastise cardinal, September 28, 2005

The Grand Jury's Report on Clergy Abuse, September 14, 2005

Two priests removed from duty, September 27, 2005

Editorial | Church Scandal and Unpaid Parking Tickets Sad limits (or lack thereof) of statutes, September 27, 2005

Crowd members lash out at cardinal at Villanova, September 27, 2005

Start facing the truth, September 27, 2005

Monica Yant Kinney | Identifying priests helps victims heal, September 27, 2005

John Grogan | Time for church to end the denial, September 26, 2005

Editorial | Reading the Grand Jury Report, September 25, 2005

Those who are named in the grand jury report, September 25, 2005

Church official- 'I would never put a child in harm's way', September 25, 2005

Archdiocese issues its own list of molester priests, September 25, 2005

Rigali- Reading report is a choice, September 25, 2005

Complaints involved 169 priests, September 25, 2005

The Case Against the Cardinal, September 25, 2005

Tom Ferrick Jr. | Report- Reading between the lies, September 25, 2005

In lurid detail- Priest-abuse scandal after years of anger, pain and sparring, September 25, 2005

Pain, anger went into abuse report, September 25, 2005

Pa. sex-abuse law is weaker than other states', September 25, 2005

Their faith in God, if not men, unshaken, September 25, 2005

The two sides of Cardinal Bevilacqua, September 25, 2005

Letters | Letters, September 25, 2005


Philadelphia Weekly

Delivered From Evil, September 28 - October 4, 2006



Pittsburgh diocese to settle abuse cases, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 17, 2007

Settlement Made In Diocese Of Pittsburgh Lawsuits,, Sept.17, 2007

Secular Justice, Letter to the Editor, Pittsburgh Tribune, September 20, 2007


Wilmington News Journal

Delaware Governor signs into law, Senate Bill 29, on July 10, 2007

Press Releases and Articles

Join with us at the First Friday Vigil in front of the Philadelphia Archdiocese Office Building at 222 N. 17th Street (between Race and Vine Sts.). There we will pass out literature to the passerby and those entering the building. Join us and bring a friend. The First Friday Vigil begins at noon and ends at 1:00 pm.

Come and pray with others in a prayerful spirit, show with your own visible body, the support we have for those whose bodies and souls were abused by priests. Express in a public and powerful way your concerns about the state of the child abuse scandal in our Catholic church.

For VOTF to have an impact, we must show that many are involved and concerned about the child abuse that has been and may still be occurring in our beloved Archdiocese.

Each first Friday, VOTF-GP will be in front of the office center, calling on Archbishop Charles Chaput to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis in greater depth and to respond to concerns raised by the organization.