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Legislature’s consistency needs work

| 11/6/16 | Editorial Board | Altoona Mirror | Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided last month that allowing retroactive access in civil lawsuits for child sex-abuse survivors would be unconstitutional. The problem with that decision is that the Judiciary Committee is not a court and doesn’t have the power to rule officially on the constitutionality of any measure. Regarding the […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO HOUSE BILL 1947?

| 10/26/16 | Rep. Mark Rozzi | The Altoona/Johnstown Diocese grand jury report released in March about the wholesale abuse of innocent children by depraved predators finally unleashed the public outrage that had been missing for over a decade. The powers-that-be covered up the unspeakable crimes, leaving children and their families with no path to justice. From the beginning, House Bill […]

Efforts to reform Pa.’s child-sex crime law nears failure as clock ticks on legislative session

| 10/26/16 | Ivey DeJesus | pennlive.com | Pennsylvania’s legislative session will, for all intents and purposes, expire this week and with it most likely the bill that would have reformed how the state prosecutes child sex crimes. House Bill 1947, which passed by an overwhelming vote of 180-15 in the House in April, is just hours from being doomed […]

Pa. legislators abandon bill to extend rights of child sex-abuse victims

| 10/26/16 | Marie Panaritis and Karen Langley | philly.com | HARRISBURG – A controversial proposal to extend the civil statute of limitations for child sex-abuse victims appeared to collapse Tuesday, after supporters said the House was unlikely to move an amended version of the bill or reintroduce the original measure. With little chance of its passing, they said, they will […]

Rozzi: Victims have waited long enough for justice

| HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 | State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today stood with advocates, survivors and members of the General Assembly and called on Republican House leadership to run H.B. 1947, a statute of limitations reform bill, with a retroactive component included. “When I ran for this office, I was on a personal mission to shake open the log jam […]

Six of state’s eight Catholic dioceses under investigation

| 9/19/16 | Steve Esack | Allentown Morning Call | Pittsburgh grand jury looking at child sex abuse allegation from churches across state HARRISBURG — Four more Catholic dioceses — Erie, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — have been swept into a grand jury investigation of clergy sex abuse and cover-up allegations in communities stretching from the Delaware River to the Monongahela. […]

Expect worse cases of clergy abuse: Witnesses in state investigation into allegations in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Allentown

| 9/16/16 | Ivey DeJesus | pennlive.com | Several of the witnesses called to testify before a grand jury investigation by the state Attorney General’s office into allegations of clergy sex abuse across dioceses in the state are warning that they expect those findings to dwarf an earlier report this year out of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. “After reading the […]

Grand jury looks at possible child sex abuse in Harrisburg, Allentown diocese

| 9/16/16 | Steve Esack, Peter Hall and Matt Assad |Allentown Morning Call | The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is looking into allegations of abuse by priests in the Allentown Diocese as part of a bigger statewide investigation, a lawmaker who was called to testify told The Morning Call on Thursday. The Harrisburg Diocese also is under investigation. “I can […]

New AG says proposed Pa. child-sex abuse law wasn’t unconstitutional

| 9/22/16 | Maria Panaritis | Phila. Inquirer | Freshly appointed to the helm of an office racked by tumult, Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer is rejecting a key position taken by his predecessor, saying he believes a child sex-abuse bill in Harrisburg that would have allowed lawsuits for decades-old cases would not have violated the state constitution. In an […]

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 […]