Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A look at the Number of PA Abuser Priests Identified by the Grand Jury

Diocese
# of Abuser Clergy
Catholic population
Per capita Abusers
Grand Jury Year
Allentown
37
    258,997
14.29
2018
Erie
41
    221,508
18.51
2018
Harrisburg
45
    230,000
19.57
2018
Pittsburgh
99
    632,138
15.66
2018
Scranton
59
    348,600
16.92
2018
Greensburg
20
    137,641
14.53
2018
Philadelphia
63
  1,188,225
5.30
2003
Altoona-Johnstown
50
       98,284
50.87
2016
Statewide
414
  3,115,393
13.29

Last summer Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the results of the grand jury investigation into sexual abuse by priests and other clergy in the Catholic Church in six of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania.  The other two, Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown were investigated by grand juries in 2003 and 2016 respectively.  The number of abuser clergy along with the catholic population and population adjusted numbers in abusers per 100,000 population in each diocese are summarized in the above table.  
Profile of victims in the six county 2018 grand jury report

Adjusting the number of abusive clergy for the population that they serve allows for comparing one diocese to another and one investigation to another.  Of the six counties in the 2018 investigation, Harrisburg and Erie had the most abusers identified.  Greensburg and Allentown had the fewest.  The report provided the size of the population each of the six dioceses they served except the Harrisburg Diocese.  I found the 230,000 number on the Harrisburg Diocese website.  


Philadelphia had the smallest number in the state at 5.3 per 100,000 in the 2003 investigationAltoona-Johnstown had by far the highest number in the state at 50.87/100,000 and easily the smallest Catholic population at 98,284 in 2016.  This low population number for this diocese is surprising since it covers eight counties

The Philadelphia investigation was conducted by the Philadelphia County DA Lynne Abraham which may not have had the same resources as the state AG.  The Altoona-Johnstown was focused solely on that Diocese with the smallest population in the state and was conducted by the state AG, possibly as a trial run.  



My classmate from St. Clements School, Shaun Dougherty has been crusading for victims of Catholic Clergy abuse.  Below is a video of him and a friend confronting the priest that abused him a few months ago.  Buona Pasqua a' tutti.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Do you Hear What I Hear? Sounds like Passing the Buck

We hear songs all the time without really thinking about what their saying.  I never gave the song Baby it's Cold Outside a second thought until the recent controversy.  Recently I read a good critique of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Jade Saab called Be Useful or Die that argues that Rudolph became accepted after his nose became useful to Santa.




I've loved the song Do You Hear What I Hear.since I was a kid.  I always found it soothing in tense times.  The lyrics can be seen below.  It has four verses.  In the first two verses the night wind tells the little lamb about the star and then the little lamb tells the shepherd boy about a song high above the trees.  This sounds like how rumors get started.  Verses 3 and 4 can be seen below.

Said the Shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

The Shepherd boy tells the king about the boy shivering in the cold and suggest they give him silver and gold.  Would silver and gold take away the boys chills by itself?  Couldn't the shepherd boy knit the boy a sweater?  He has plenty of access to wool.  It would itch like crazy though.  In Matthew's gospel the Wise Men or Magi only give the baby Jesus Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.  The Shepherd boy wants to one up the Wise Men.

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

This king sounds a lot nicer than Herod the Great, who, according to Matthew's gospel, ordered the deaths of all firstborn baby boys under the age of three in Bethlehem after the Wise Men left.  Christian fundamentalists may see this as biblical revisionism.  I seldom hear it sung in Catholic church.  Other Churches might use it.  The song never mentions Jesus by name.  

The song was written in 1962 by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker.  According to Wikipedia, it was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Buon Natale a` tutti.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Bishop McCort's Class of '18 Also Has Over 40% NHS Membership

Back in June I posted about how my high school Alma Mater Bishop McCort had over 46% of its senior class in the National Honor Society (NHS) in its 2017 graduating class.  McCort, in it's alumni news letter, just published the list of the 2018 graduating class with NHS membership and the college that they would be attending.  I thought I would take a look the numbers for the 2018 class.

In the graph above shows that the percentage of seniors in the NHS was down slightly at 42.6% though still well above the years 2016 and 1985-1988.  The classes from the 80's (when I was there) had more students.  The years 2017-2018 also had a larger number of students (40) in the NHS than the other years considered.  Eyeballing the colleges that the class of 2018 are attending shows that most are attending local colleges and universities. There were no students going to an Ivy League school.  One student is attending Bucknell University who was not in the NHS.  I will look at that in my next post.


NHS %
1985
1986
1987
1988
2016
2017
2018
Total
yes
33
22
20
34
31
40
40
220
no
107
107
111
114
66
47
54
606
Total
140
129
131
148
97
87
94
826
NHS %
23.6%
17.0%
15.3%
23.0%
32.0%
46.0%
42.6%
26.6%

As previously stated the criterion for membership is more stringent now than it was in the 80's with a cumulative 96% grade average needed for membership.  When I was there a 3.3 grade point average was needed.  My Class just had it's 30th reunion.  I couldn't be there but the 35th will be here before I know it.  As far as I know most of them are fine whether they were in the NHS or not.




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Saturday, June 16, 2018

NHS Membership, Not School Year predicts Prestige in College Admission at McCort


Two years ago I followed up my post on McCort graduating class year and National Honor Society (NHS) membership with the types ofcolleges that they were admitted to.  This year I found a greater percentage of the 2017 graduating class with NHS membership.  I thought I would take a look how it looks for college admission for the class of '17.

I looked at the other two catholic high schools in the Altoona Johnstown Diocese, Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop Carroll in their NHS membership.  Bishop Guilfoyle did not publish it's graduating class on its website but it does say "75% achieve GPA exceeding the academic criteria set by the National Honor Society."  The criteria there is 94%.  Bishop Carroll did post it's graduating class and 8 out of 57 graduates were NHS members or 14% which is close to McCort's class of 1987 %.  I couldn't find their criteria for NHS membership.

I looked at McCort's class of '17 graduate profile and compared it to the class of '16 and my class of '88 as to which types of colleges they were admitted to.  I used the same classification I used 2 years ago with US News and World Report's rating system described below.  The results of the table can be seen below.

I categorized schools according to the US News score.  An elite school had a score of 61-100 (U. of Penn, Johns-Hopkins) a second tier school had a score of 35-60 (Pitt, Penn State), a third tier four year school had a score of 34 or below or were unranked (Indiana (PA) or IUP as we in PA call it, Pitt-Johnstown or UPJ).  Community colleges, jr colleges, or advanced technical schools were 4th tier.  Those who went into the military or were employed were placed in the 5th tier and those who were undecided or deferred for a year were placed in tier 6.  This classification is totally mine and you are welcome to disagree with it.  The listing of all schools, their 2016 US News score (if available), the classification, the school considered, and the number of students going to that school from each class are presented at the bottom of this post.


College rank * NHS * Year Crosstabulation
Year
NHS (%)
Total
n
y
1988
College
Rank
1
6(46.2%)
7(53.8%)
13
2
30(61.2%)
19(38.8%)
49
3
54(91.5%)
5(8.5%)
59
4
9(81.8%)
2(18.2%)
11
5
11(91.7%)
1(8.3%)
12
6
4(100.0%)
0
4
Total
114(77.0%)
34(23.0%)
148
2016
College
Rank
1
2(40.0%)
3(60.0%)
5
2
26(53.1%)
23(46.9%)
49
3
24(82.8%)
5(17.2%)
29
4
6(100.0%)
0
6
5
1(100.0%)
0
1
6
7(100.0%)
0
7
Total
66(68.0%)
31(32.0%)
97
2017
College
rank
1
1(14.3%)
6(85.7%)
7
2
20(43.5%)
26(56.5%)
46
3
12(60.0%)
8(40.0%)
20
4
6(100.0%)
0
6
5
5(100.0%)
0
5
6
3(100.0%)
0
3
Total
47(54.0%)
40(46.0%)
87
Total
College rank
1
9(36.0%)
16(64.0%)
25
2
76(52.8%)
68(47.2%)
144
3
90(83.3%)
18(16.7%)
108
4
21(91.3%)
2(8.7%)
23
5
17(94.4%)
1(5.6%)
18
6
14(100.0%)
0
14
Total
227 (68.4%)
105(31.6%)
332


A statistical analysis of these numbers shows that a higher percentage of NHS members were admitted to top and second tier schools.  When school class and NHS were entered into an ordinal logistic regression model NHS membership but not graduating year predicted the type of college that students were admitted to.  A higher percentage of NHS membership in a class predicts a higher % in an upper tier college.  In the last two years McCort had a student admitted to the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell respectively.

McCort has admitted students from China.  I counted 10 in the 2017 graduating class based on their name.  Five of these were NHS members which is close to the overall class rate of 46%.  

Things like the SAT are meant to quantify a students raw ability regardless of where they went to school.  College admissions consider a variety of factors in their decision making process. If they believed that NHS membership was not warranted, the upper tier schools would not admit that student.


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