Rodgers files suit against Erie Diocese, bishops over abuse

The Bradford Era

August 12, 2020

By Marcie Schellhammer

For 30 years, Bradford’s Ed Rodgers has been waiting to see justice for the sexual abuse he says he suffered while attending school at Bradford Central Christian.

Thanks to a recent change in Pennsylvania law, on Tuesday, Rodgers was able to file suit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Erie Diocese and Bishops Donald Trautman and Lawrence Persico.

A spokesperson for the diocese on Wednesday said only, “The Diocese of Erie does not comment on litigation.”

The suit, filed in McKean County Court, alleges fraud, conspiracy, constructive fraud and negligence on the parts of the diocese and its bishops for covering up sexual abuse — like that which Rodgers says he suffered from 1987 to 1990 by two priests, Michael Amy and Desmond McGee — and for moving predator priests around to different churches instead of intervening to protect children.

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