Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese Sexual Abuse News

On August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania’s 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury issued a Grand Jury Report regarding the Allentown, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie, Scranton, and Harrisburg Dioceses, which detailed the abuse of 1,000 children by more than 300 predator priests. The Report also told of Catholic officials’ systematic cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.

Below are important updates regarding the Dioceses’ response to the Grand Jury Report, and clergy abuse survivors’ right to compensation. We will update this page as additional details become available.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Harrisburg Office
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Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 800-566-1357
Philadelphia Office
100 N 18th Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-525-4539
Pittsburgh Office
301 Grant Street, Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-346-6031

In response, in November 2018, seven of Pennsylvania’s Catholic Dioceses announced plans to establish sexual abuse compensation funds for survivors currently barred from filing civil actions due to the current statute of limitations.

Many factors will be considered in determining the amount of compensation paid to survivors. These will include the nature of the abuse, the age of the survivor when abused, the long-term effects of the abuse, in addition to many other factors. Each Diocese will administer its own compensation program, as described below.

  • The Philadelphia Archdiocese’s compensation fund will be designed and run by Washington, D.C. attorney Kenneth Feinberg, and his co-administrator, Camille Biros. The Philadelphia Archdiocese’s fund will begin taking applications in November 2018, with a filing deadline at the end of July 2019. The Philadelphia Archdiocese fund will be overseen by a three-person committee, including former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, former interim Philadelphia District Attorney Kelley Hodge, and Lawrence Stengel, a retired federal judge.
  • The Harrisburg, Erie, Greensburg, and Scranton Dioceses have also hired Feinberg and Biros to administer their compensation funds. These Dioceses expect to begin taking applications for their funds in January 2019, with no deadline yet announced.
  • The Pittsburgh Diocese’s fund will likely be administered by Feinberg and Biros, but it has not yet announced details.
  • The Allentown Diocese, which has not hired Feinberg and Biros, has not yet announced details regarding its compensation program.
  • The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese does not intend to set up a compensation fund as announced by Pennsylvania’s other Dioceses.

We currently represent dozens of Pennsylvania Catholic clergy abuse victims across the state from every Pennsylvania diocese. We have experience handling clergy abuse compensation fund claims, including funds administered by Feinberg and Biros. To receive maximum compensation, it is important you retain catholic compensation fund lawyer to help you gather and document your abuse and related injuries.

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