PA--Allentown Catholic officials beat abuse victim in court
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 25
Allentown Catholic officials won a court ruling today in a child predator case.
It’s tragic that Catholic officials continue to successfully exploit legal technicalities to evade responsibility for proven predators on their premises. This kind of excuse-making and hair-splitting – ‘it’s really not our job’ – is completely unbecoming of purportedly spiritual figures like Bishop John Barros.
And it’s ironic that this disappointing ruling comes down during the visit of a pope who preaches mercy.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine(312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Judge says Diocese of Allentown not responsible for ACE Academy sexual abuse
By Sarah M. Wojcik - Of The Morning Call, September 25, 2015, 5:24 PM
The Diocese of Allentown is not liable for the sexual abuse of a South Korean exchange student inside a private dormitory where she stayed while attending Pius X High School, according to a ruling by Northampton County Judge Michael Koury Jr.
While the attorney representing the diocese praised Koury's decision, Howard Myerowitz, representing the victim in the sex abuse case, voiced his deep disappointment.
"I have a lot of respect for Judge Koury, but I think he got it wrong. It shouldn't have gone on," Myerowitz said of the abuse endured by his client. "This was one of . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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