Federal prosecutors have urged the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to retain their records regarding sexual abuse allegations and incidents on file. The prosecutors made this request on the same day that each Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania received subpoenas for their confidential records on clergy abuse cases. Initial reports did not disclose the additional request directed at the Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Conference is comprised of various staff members and about 200 bishops across the country, and they are scheduled to meet in Baltimore, Maryland in November.
Records kept by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops may offer further insight for the federal investigation of clergy abuse in Pennsylvania. The grand jury report released in August prompted a flurry of allegations against clergy members as well as the proposal to remove the statute of limitations in older survivors being able to sue their former perpetrators. Individuals who endured abuse by clergy members may experience depression, suicidal feelings, and difficulties in maintaining a sense of normalcy in their daily lives.
If you or a loved one endured sexual abuse by a clergy member, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will offer a comforting presence during a trying time. We support the proposed legislation regarding the statute of limitations removal and will ensure you receive justice. Please call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.