by Jeremy Roebuck for The Philadelphia Inquirer
“At least four priests, described by lawyers as “whistle-blowers,” have come forward hoping to aid in the prosecution of current and former clergy members accused in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex-abuse scandal.
However, an archdiocesan policy requiring them to notify church lawyers before talking to law enforcement could stifle the testimony they are willing to give, city prosecutors told a judge Wednesday.
“They’re muffling us,” said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington, paraphrasing the response he said he had heard from at least one priest. “Priests have told us that this is the same thing the [archdiocese] has done all along….”
Click here to read how Archdiocesan policy blocks their effort: “‘Whistle-blower’ priests say policy thwarts them,” by Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2011