PA Lawmakers Contentious Over Abuse Legislation

In the wake of the grand jury report on clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church, eyes now turn to lawmakers. Among the reforms pushed before the massive document that chronicled allegations of abuse and coverup across six Pennsylvania dioceses, were the extension or elimination of statute of limitations. Representative Mark Rozzi, who says he was abused by a priest at age 13, wants a two-year window for suits in cases that have exceeded that statute. This has repeatedly failed, and one of the key blocks has been laid by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati. Scarnati maintains he supports Rozzi's bill, but without a retroactivity clause. Lawmakers are expected to take up the matter when they return to session next month.