The investigation has sought records from six Catholic dioceses in
Officials in both dioceses have confirmed they complied with subpoenas from state Attorney General
He was prime sponsor of a bill that would have extended the statute of limitations for civil and criminal actions against accused clergy in
"When I went out there to testify, I thought it was going to be about my own personal story of abuse," Rozzi said. "But then they also asked questions about the influence of the
Rozzi vowed to bring the bill back to the floor this fall and reinsert its original provisions.
"The more there is public information about the abuse in a valued institution, the more likely it is that the Legislature will actually do something to protect our children," Hamilton said.
Other states have extended or eliminated the statute of limitations in such cases. That is an important step, because studies have shown most victims don't come forward until well into adulthood or even middle age, Hamilton said.
The probe of allegations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups follows a
Prosecutors filed no charges, saying that some victims or their alleged perpetrators had died; in many cases, the statute of limitations had expired.
A week later, that probe led to charges against three retired officials of a Blair County Franciscan order, who authorities said covered up the actions of a known child sex predator for decades, repeatedly reassigning him to posts in the
Pennsylvania Victim Advocate
"If we're being realistic, this can't be isolated to the churches that were identified," she said. "I think this is a systemic problem, and I would be hard-pressed to see any dioceses that had escaped it."
"I think we're nowhere near uncovering how vast and how horrific (the abuse) was," Storm said. "What we're seeing now is the past coming back to haunt them."
No priest was criminally prosecuted.
The diocese reported two retired priests were banned from public ministry and three other priests who have since resigned from the priesthood were banned from active ministry. The diocese
"This is something victims have been waiting for that we thought would never happen," Jones said. "As long as the truth doesn't get exposed, they don't have to change. They keep covering up, and child predators hurt more kids."
That came more than a decade after church bodies in the
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