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Former midstate priest sentenced to 5 years’ probation in abuse case

John G. Allen was removed from the priesthood in 2006 and was among the priests listed in a 2018 investigating grand jury report about sexual abuse. He had worked in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Snyder counties.

By The Associated Press

There’s another path for survivors of clergy sex abuse to get justice. It faces an uphill climb in the legislature.

Some survivors and their advocates believe the quickest way to remedy the problem is to abandon the time-consuming path of amending the state constitution, and instead approve the two-year window through regular legislation.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Survivors react to Pa’s botched sexual abuse amendment: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’

The path for an amendment to become law in Pennsylvania is long. The language has to pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions, then go to voters for a referendum.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

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Top Pa. election official to resign after agency bungled requirement for constitutional amendment

The Department of State did not advertise, as required, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would open a two-year window for litigation by survivors of child sexual abuse who have aged out of the statute of limitations for suing.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. Supreme Court justices review priest abuse lawsuit’s ruling on time limits

Pennsylvania’s highest court on Tuesday grappled with whether a woman’s lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to proceed.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Slew of church abuse lawsuits in Pennsylvania hinges on state court decision

The rush to the courthouse is tied to a landmark grand jury report issued exactly two years ago.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Judge sets deadline for abuse claims vs. Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese

It's the first diocese in Pennsylvania to seek bankruptcy protection.
By The Associated Press

Retrial of US Catholic official delayed over virus concerns

The retrial of the only church official who has ever gone to prison in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal was delayed Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Msgr. Lynn on trial again for covering up clergy sexual abuse

Monsignor Willian Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic Church official to be convicted of covering up clergy sex abuse, will face familiar allegations next week.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY
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