The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia has generated a considerable amount of great publicity not only for Philadelphia but for Catholics across the region and beyond. And while Pope Francis has made some minimal steps in facing the clergy sexual abuse crisis across the world, here in Philadelphia actions speak louder than words.
As a crime victim advocate and attorney, in the past six years I have spoken to over 100 survivors of clergy sexual abuse. With the exception of a small handful of survivors who brought their claims to court, most cases were barred by Pennsylvania’s still onerous Statute of Limitations for childhood sexual abuse.
Archbishop Chaput and his hand selected lawyers in Philadelphia and also from Denver, Colorado, used every measure to block any alternative consideration of the statute of limitations and took a hardnosed, no holds barred position in defending the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and their predator priests. [Read more…]