The Vatican has broken its silence on a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse by hundreds of priests, calling the accusations “criminal and morally reprehensible.” But Correspondent Barbie Nadeau says some victims want more than a statement from the Vatican’s press office.
Bradford native and abuse survivor Jim VanSickle talks about what he believes the pope can do regarding the statute of limitations laws in Pennsylvania.
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, who was abused by a priest as a teenager, introduced a bill that would allow past victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers. It passed in the house by a vote of 180 to 15, but was gutted in the senate and replaced by Senator Joe Scarnati’s bill that did not include the retroactivity provision. The bill was not moved for a concurrence vote in the House.
Scarnati has said he is ready to negotiate with the House on everything except the retroactivity provision, saying it would unfairly punish the church which he says has made reforms.