Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro says clergy abuse shadows Catholics’ Notre Dame response

Tribune Review

April 25, 2019

By Deb Erdley

Pennsylvania Attorney General Joshua Shapiro was impressed with the response of the Catholic Church and Catholics around the world when Notre Dame went up in flames last week.

But he’s disappointed in what he sees as the church’s lackluster response to protecting clergy abuse victims. In an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, Shapiro took the Church to task for spending millions to influence lawmakers to block his recommendation that they open a window of opportunity for abuse survivors with old claims to sue the church.

Under the headline “Repairing Notre Dame is important. Protecting clergy abuse victims is more important,” Shapiro wrote of the Church’s response to a Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed allegations of child sexual abuse against 301 priests.

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