Child sex abuse victim reacts to sweeping changes in Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Child sex abuse victim reacts to sweeping changes in Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

By Daniel Hamburg, March 6, 2017, WJAC

JOHNSTOWN – On Monday, Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown announced sweeping changes in the Catholic church to protect victims of child sex abuse.

Victims of abuse by clergy are reacting to news of those reforms, including one victim, originally from Johnstown, who said he was abused as a child.

Shaun Dougherty said that Monday's news conference was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done in Harrisburg at the state capitol to pass an actual law.

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  • commented 2017-03-08 08:11:36 -0600
    This is a standard response when the fire is hot. Bishop Chaput used this tactic in Denver and again in Philadelphia. The only difference in this plan is the delivery, they brought in a tuxedo to talk about it and simply mask their ignorance.