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5 years after the Philly priest abuse scandal, Pa. is still arguing over statutes of limitations

| 9/15/2016 | Kaylee Tornay  billypenn.com | On Monday, the Pennsylvania House will return to session, and arguments will pick up again over one controversial bill that could drastically alter the way sexual abuse is handled in Pennsylvania courts ― that is, if one of its supporters doesn’t intentionally kill it for lacking comprehension. HB 1947, introduced by Rep. Ronald […]

Abuse by priests: Johnstown man speaks out ‘to prevent this from happening to another child’

| 9/14/16 | Dave Sutor | Tribune-Democrat – Johnstown, PA | Shaun Dougherty’s father died nearly two years ago. The funeral took place at St. Clement Church on Lindberg Avenue, where the large Catholic family gathered to grieve the loss of a loved one. But Dougherty’s mind was also wracked by another emotional trauma. He claims that decades ago, when he […]

15 priests accused of abuse had ties to Harrisburg diocese

| 8/9/2016 |Brandie Kessler | York Daily Record   The Diocese of Harrisburg has acknowledged by name 15 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children and who at one time worked in the diocese — including one who served in Dallastown in 1989-90. The Rev. Raymond Prybis was accused of abuse during his time at a Boston-area parish […]

Judge Orders William Lynn, Ex-Church Official Jailed in Sex-Abuse Scandal, Released on Bail

| 8/2/16 | NBC 10 News | A former Philadelphia church official who made history when he faced charges of helping to shield pedophile priests is now free after a court overturned his conviction. Monsignor William Lynn had already posted 10 percent of his $250,000 bail at about 11 a.m., less than an hour after a Philadelphia judge ruled that […]

Speaking out for victims of clergy abuse

| 7/31/2016 | Editorial: Perkasie News Herald | The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is learning that while a key aspect of House Bill 1947 might be going away, its biggest booster is not. State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-126th Dist., of Berks County, the man who authored the controversial language in the bill that would have retroactively extended the window for victims of […]

Former Catholic high school employee charged with sexual assault of students

| 7/26/16 | Ivey DeJesus | PennLive | A former employee of a high school in the Altoona‑Johnstown Diocese has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting a student. The Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday released the criminal complaint against John Bowman Thornberry, 28, a former employee of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Cambria County. Thornberry is accused of […]

Editorial: Rep. Rozzi, HB 1947 not going away

| 7/20/16 | DelcoTimes The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is learning that while a key aspect of House Bill 1947 might be going away, its biggest booster is not. State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-126, of Berks County, the man who authored the controversial language in the bill that would have retroactively extended the window for victims of child sexual abuse that […]

Lawmaker, a clergy abuse victim, protests legislative inaction from cathedral steps

| 6/19/16 | Maria Panaritis | Philadelphia Inquirer Stoking a legislative fight over the civil statute of limitations, the Berks County Democrat pledged to rewrite a pending House bill to include a two-year window in which any adult of any age could sue private institutions and individuals for abuse that occurred when they were children. “For over 50 years, this […]

Abuse victim: Chaput canceled face-to-face meeting after media attention

7/15/16 | Maria Panaritis | Philadelphia Inquirer A onetime “altar boy of the year” who was raped by one of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s most notorious abuser priests said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput this week canceled a face-to-face meeting with him because he told the media about it. John Delaney, raped by the Rev. James J. Brzyski when Delaney was […]

Priest sex abuse victim angered by lack of recourse: ‘None of them are registered sex offenders’

6/8/16 | Ivey DeJesus | PennLive \ ‘We have them…..today’ Shaun Dougherty’s story begins on page 66 of the grand jury report into widespread child sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. That page – one of 147 pages in the report detailing accusations against more than 50 religious leaders, priests and teachers – begins the account into the investigation of […]

Voice of clergy abuse survivors takes own life

The attorney for Brian Gergely, who went public about his sexual abuse in 2003, said Mr Gergely’s demons “finally won out.” 7/56/16 | Peter Smith | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For more than a decade, Brian Gergely spoke out to seek justice, and offer hope, to his fellow survivors of sexual abuse by priests and other trusted adults. He once described his […]