Governor Wolf says he favors court to church fund for clergy abuse victims

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Governor Tom Wolf says he’s against a proposal made by the Diocese of Erie and Bishop Lawrence Persico 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.

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.

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