A loophole in the law may allow a clergy abuse suit against the Harrisburg Diocese to be tried in Pennsylvania Superior Court. On Tuesday morning, it was announced that an abuse survivor who was sexually assaulted multiple times by two priests from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in the Harrisburg Diocese while serving as an altar boy may file a claim against the Diocese for allegedly covering up the abuse. Last month, an important ruling in a case against the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese reversed a clergy abuse lawsuit that was previously dismissed due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. That case was reinstated on June 11.
Clergy abuse survivors cannot gain closure after the trauma they have suffered if their abusers are not held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations continues to restrict many potential claims against credibly accused abusive priests due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. With the newly discovered loophole, survivors may receive some type of justice if it is proved that the Diocese covered up accounts of abuse by diocesan priests and failed to warn others or report the abuse to the proper authorities.
If you or someone you love endured clergy abuse as a child, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will listen to your concerns and design a case that suits your needs. To arrange a free and confidential consultation, please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.