Retired Bishop Joseph Adamec Should Resign As a Bishop
Road to Recovery
March 5, 2016
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s release on March 1, 2016, of the Grand Jury Report that investigated childhood sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, indicates that hundreds of children were sexually abused in that diocese since the 1940s by many clergy members, and the sexual abuse of children was enabled, covered up, and mismanaged by at least two (2) Bishops of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Since the hotline set up by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office has already uncovered approximately one hundred more childhood sexual abuse victims, it is clear that many more children were sexually abused by clergy and other religious persons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania
A demonstration and leafleting requesting parishioners attending Mass in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to alert their children, grandchildren, relatives, neighbors, fellow parishioners, and friends that hundreds of children were sexually abused by dozens of priests and other religious persons throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and that children continue to be at risk of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania
WHEN and WHERE
Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm outside the Noon Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, One Cathedral Square, Altoona, PA 16601
Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 pm outside the 5:00 pm Mass at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, 117 Clinton Street, Johnstown, PA 15907
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., a former priest, who is assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Jerry Sypek, a Boston clergy sexual abuse victim/survivor who lives in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
It is clear from the Grand Jury Report released by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on March 1, 2016, that children were, have been, and are at serious risk of sexual abuse by clergy and religious persons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is rampant and must be stopped. Demonstrators will call on Catholics to demand the removal of Bishop Joseph Adamec as a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the removal and resignation of anyone in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who covered up childhood sexual abuse.
Courageous victims should come forward and be proud of themselves for confronting the evils of sexual abuse.
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250