Catholic parishioners urged to help defeat SOL reform; one parishioner walks out of Mass

Catholic parishioners urged to help defeat SOL reform; one parishioner walks out of Mass

By Ivey DeJesus, June 06, 2016, PennLive

At 72, Nancy O'Brien has been a devout Catholic all her life.

On Sunday, O'Brien walked out of Mass in disgust. She did so after her priest at St. Anthony of Padua in Ambler, just outside Philadelphia, read a letter from the head of the archdiocese encouraging parishioners to help defeat a proposed legislation that would reform the state's child sex crimes.

St. Anthony's wasn't the only parish to receive the letter. All 219 parishes across Philadelphia were read the letter from Archbishop Charles Chaput urging them to contact their lawmakers by mail or telephone and encourage them to vote against House Bill 1947, which would reform the statute of limitations.

 

"It was bull (expletive)," O'Brien said on Monday. "I don't have to listen to this bull (expletive) anymore. I've been a practicing Catholic all my life. I'm not going to be anything else. I  thought it was an insult. I  know what's been going on."

House Bill 1947, which was approved in the House by a near-unanimous vote in April, is slated to  . . . 

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