Demonstration against church leaders planned
We Are Central PA
March 5, 2016
Altoona, Blair County, Pa
Catholics in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are still reeling over the findings of the alleged sex abuse cover-up. During the church's holiest time of the year there are feelings of disbelief, sadness, and anger.
On Saturday, members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families will be holding demonstrations at churches in Altoona and Johnstown.
The group's co-founder and president, Robert M. Hoatson, a former priest, has been assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse. He will be calling for the removal of Bishop Joseph Adamec as a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the removal and resignation of anyone in the Diocese who covered up childhood sexual abuse.
At least 50 priests are accused of abusing hundreds of children over a four decade period. Many of those men have died and because the statute of limitations have passed, no criminal charges will be filed.
Since the details on the two-year investigation were released a hotline set up by the Attorney General's office has uncovered dozens of claims of sexual abuse.
The demonstrations will be held during services at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Altoona and at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown.