“After grand jury report on Philadelphia clergy scandal, more changes, more accusers,” by John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June, 9 2011
“The archdiocese expects to pay more than $1.2 million for abuse victims’ therapy this year, three times the amount it paid five years ago.”
“The changes include ending any interrogation of alleged victims; implementing new training for thousands of priests, teachers, and employees; and crafting plans for an independent agency to counsel and serve victims.
On Thursday, the archdiocese is scheduled to announce its latest move: hiring Leslie Davila, who until now has been a victim advocate at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, to lead its Office of Children and Youth Protection.
Most of the changes mirror recommendations made by the grand jury, or address flaws highlighted in its report. They do not, however, comply with one of its central suggestions – that the victims-assistance program “be removed from the control of the archdiocese.”
“She also said she believed there were lapses after she left. For instance, Achilles said she had persuaded church officials several years ago to stop requiring victims to sign forms stating they didn’t want to report their abuse allegations to authorities.
But the form somehow returned in recent years – a step the grand jury contended was a backdoor way for the archdiocese to avoid reporting abusive priests to police or prosecutors.
Achilles said she had again banned the form. “Never, under any circumstance whatsoever,” she said. “I never want to see that again.”