Unsealed abuse case shows court's role in scandal

Unsealed abuse case shows court's role in scandal

Editorial, The Tribune-Democrat, December 18, 2016

The attorney general’s investigation of child sexual abuse across the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese unveils two terrible truths.

Priests and others within the church had been assaulting countless children for decades.

And church leaders and law enforcement professionals were not prosecuting the offenders, instead choosing to seal up cases and move priests from parish to parish, allowing for more children to become victims.

The Tribune-Democrat has vowed to help break down both cultures, and last Sunday – with help from both the Cambria courts and the diocese – we took a big step forward with a report on how the case of Monsignor Francis McCaa was mishandled by those trusted with protecting our communities and pursuing justice.

Thirty years ago – on Dec. 11, 1986 – the McCaa abuse case was sealed in Cambria County court by now-retired Judge Gerard Long.

Long attended Holy Name, the church McCaa served, and later decided not to   . . . 

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  • commented 2016-12-19 13:25:03 -0600
    The Judge (Mr. Long) who sealed the records is a Roman Catholic who also just happened to be a member of the predator priest’s Holy Name Parish in Ebensburg PA. Judge Long offers an excuse: ‘You have to understand that this is a very Roman Catholic area.’
    This is the reason why there should be no statute of limitations in these sex abuse cases. The system is stacked against the victims not only by the church but by the legal system. As long as a Roman Catholic is involved in the process they always side the priests and the bishops. They idolize these people as if they were god. They will even throw innocent children under the bus to save a priest -even if the priest is a sexual predator.
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