Gov. Tom Wolf: Fund for clergy sex abuse victims isn’t enough


August 31, 2018

By Ron Southwick

While some lawmakers and Catholic dioceses have expressed support for creating a reparations fund for victims of clergy sex abuse, Gov. Tom Wolf contends that isn’t the best solution.

The governor said Friday that the Legislature should support the recommendations of the grand jury that investigated clergy sex abuse in six Catholic dioceses. The grand jury recommends abolishing the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and creating a window for victims to pursue lawsuits in civil court.

“The reforms laid out in the Grand Jury report would deliver what victims deserve,” Wolf said in a statement Friday. “In my view, a limited victims fund outside the judicial system would not.”

“The Church, as a moral authority with a long and important record of social justice, should agree,” Wolf continued. “We cannot shortchange these victims and we must set an example for the country – and the world – that Pennsylvania stands with victims.”

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