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Thursday, September 22, 2005
Talk About It, Talk About It ... Statute of Limitations Yesterday's grand jury report on sexual abuse by priests from the Philadelphia Archdiocese was especially shocking in at least two respects. First, the offenses were so severe. In one case, a priest allegedly raped an 11-year-old repeatedly, then arranged for her to have an abortion. Story. Second, not one person was charged with a crime because of Pennsylvania's statute of limitations laws. Story. Good grief. In cases of abuse, children are often too afraid or ashamed to tell their stories for years. The law has to be changed. District Attorney Lynne Abraham (left), who released the report, said the outcome was "a travesty of justice." Makes you wonder what the legislature's been doing to earn its pay raise, doesn't it? The archdiocese, accused of covering up cases and protecting abusers, agreed such abuse is "abhorrent," but ripped the report as biased and anti-Catholic. Story. More online: Full grand jury report. Catalog of abusive priests. Abusive priests: List by assignment and parish.