2018-09-06 / Local & State

Courts, Not Church Fund, Better For Abuse Victims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s governor says he's against a proposal to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by priests through a church-run fund, saying lawmakers instead should amend state law to let victims sue over decades-old events.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday changes to the state's statute of limitations and other proposals in a recent grand jury report “would deliver what victims deserve,” but a fund outside the court system wouldn’t.

Wolf says the Legislature should pass reforms proposed in the jury’s 900-page report issued earlier this month. The jury concluded hundreds of “predator priests” sexually abused at least 1,000 children going back seven decades. Earlier this week, the top-ranking Republican in the state Senate floated the idea of a church- established victim fund, and some church officials have reacted positively.

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