Reaction to the charges of child sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese


Hour 1

Rev. Robert Hoatson protests outside Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo)

On Monday, two current priests, a defrocked priest, and a former lay Catholic school teacher charged with sexually abusing or endangering minors appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom along with an Archdiocese official accused of concealing and enabling the crimes by placing the priests in positions with access to children.   These recent allegations have raised questions about the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s lack of both leadership and action surrounding the issue of sexual misconduct among clergy.  Joining us to share their perspectives on these recent developments are ROCCO PALMO, who writes about the Catholic Church on his blog “Whispers in the Loggia”, and JOHN SALVESON, founder of the Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse, and JOY WUENSCHEL of Voice of the Faithful of Greater Philadelphia who are working to change the statue of limitations for child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania.

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