Two former altar boys filed a clergy abuse suit against the Pittsburgh Diocese, St. Alphonsus Church, and the current bishop on Tuesday. The men claim that they endured abuse for more than three years in the early 1980s by a now deceased priest who served at the St. Alphonsus Church in McDonald, Pennsylvania. They allege that the diocese covered up the accusations and transferred the priest to multiple posts within the diocese because of the claims. Although the priest was criminally charged in 1988, the statute of limitations prevented the charges from moving forward.
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania continues to thwart efforts from abuse survivors to hold their abusers responsible for their actions. In neighboring states such as New Jersey and New York, older child abuse cases may be litigated within, respectively, a two-year window and a one-year window. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania legislators tabled their decision last year to change the statute of limitations, but there is hope that they will revisit the issue in 2020.
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