Gov. Wolf Demands Amendments of State Law to Give Justice to Sexual Abuse Victims by Priests


“The reforms laid out in the grand jury report would deliver what victims deserve,” Wolf said.

Last month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the grand jury report, which described horrifying child sexual assaults and rapes by predator priests.

In the report, the grand jury identified 301 predator priests who sexually abused over 1,000 children during their ministry.

Wolf Opposes ‘Limited Victims Fund Outside the Judicial System’

Furthermore, Wolf rejected the idea of a church-established fund for child sexual abuse victims.

Last week, Pennsylvania Senate President pro Tempore Joe Scarnati suggested the idea of a fund. In addition, State Sen. Jay Costa said he had a private discussion with church leaders, and they proposed setting up a $250 million fund.

“In my view, a limited victims fund outside the judicial system would not [give victims justice],” Wolf said. “The church, as a moral authority with a long and important record of social justice, should agree. We cannot shortchange these victims and we must set an example for the country — and the world — that Pennsylvania stands with victims.”