PA--Allentown Catholic officials beat abuse victim in court

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 25

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790[email protected])

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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected][email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine(312-399-4747[email protected])

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  . . . 

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