Wolf Continues To Allow Pedophile Priests To Escape Punishment

Governor Declines To Call Special Session

Victims Deserve A Governor Who Will Do Everything Possible To Fight For Them

Tom Wolf yesterday refused to call the Senate back for a special session to pass the reforms outlined in the grand jury report on the Catholic Church. Instead, Wolf continues to do nothing as pedophile priests escape punishment and victims have no recourse to seek justice.

“More than two months ago Attorney General Shapiro was very clear,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo. “The Attorney General said, ‘Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them did nothing.’ Now Tom Wolf is just as at fault as those who enabled the abuse in the first place. By refusing to do everything possible to enact the reforms the victims deserve and failing to call for a special session, the Governor is displaying he does not genuinely care about this issue. His lack of leadership is insulting to victims and their families and he should immediately change his mind. Scott Wagner has a record of standing up for the victims clergy abuse, and the Rozzi bill would be passed by now if he were Governor.”

As WTAE-Pittsburgh reported, Tom Wolf yesterday ignored Wagner’s plea for him to call for a special session.

BACKGROUND

Scott Wagner has a record of fighting for statute of limitation reforms.

“An amendment, introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, removed a provision that would have allowed more time for some victims whose statutes of limitations for filing a lawsuit have expired. The provision was part of a bill approved by the House and pushed by Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks County, who says he was raped by a priest as a teenager.

Scarnati’s amendment passed 9-4, with those in the majority questioning the constitutionality of allowing a victim of sexual abuse to file a civil case against institutions after the statute of limitations expired.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, which represents for-profit insurers, had opposed the retroactivity provision.

Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York County, attempted to reintroduce the provision during Thursday’s session but failed to garner enough support.” (Tribune-Review, 6/30/16)

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