Philadelphia -- State Rep. Mark Rozzi, a sex abuse survivor, had attempted to shepherd a bill through the legislature that would revamp the state's sex abuse laws.
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House Bill 1947, which would extend the statute of limitations on sex abuse lawsuits, has run afoul of Pennsylvania's bishops.
Franciscan Frs. Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa, and Anthony Criscitelli, were each charged in Pennsylvania with one count of endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.
Joseph Adamec, one of the Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., bishops singled out by a grand jury report for his "abysmal" record on sexually abusive priests, defended his handling of allegations.
Bishop Mark Bartchak pledged on March 3 to publish a list of credibly accused priests, following the release of a scathing grand jury report March 1.
The statewide grand jury report chronicles a history of persistent, concealed abuse in the south-central Pennsylvania diocese that extended from 1940 through 2009.
At least 50 priests or religious leaders were involved in the abuse of hundreds of kids, and diocesan leaders systematically concealed the abuse, according to a grand jury report.
The Philadelphia archdiocese's Ecclesiastical Exchange program sells unused religious objects at a steep discount to churches in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams said, "We will fight to keep Msgr. Lynn in state custody, where he belongs."