Priest-abuse victims’ advocate: Interim report means justice denied ‘again’


July 28, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Rep. Mark Rozzi, the de facto advocate for victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania, is blasting an order issued Friday by the state’s highest court directing the Commonwealth to release a partial report on a long-awaited grand jury investigation on clergy sex abuse.

“Justice delayed is justice denied … again,” said Rozzi, a Berks County Democrat who, at the age of 13, was molested by a priest.

“While the justices ponder what ‘process-related remedial measure can be taken now,’ how ’bout the Church save us all a lot of grief and voluntarily present their bad actors to the public?”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Office of Attorney General to release to the public large portions of the report on the grand jury investigation. The report – the findings of an 18-month-long investigation into clergy sex abuse across six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses – identifies more than 300 predator priests.

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