Click here to read: “As Pennsylvania Confronts Clergy Sex Abuse, Victims and Lawmakers Act,” by Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times, April 4, 2016
“Enough is enough,” said State Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone, a Democrat from Berks County, after reading the grand jury report, which he called “revolting.”
For years, in his position as minority chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Caltagirone helped to block legislation to extend the statute of limitations, but he said in an interview that he now favored it: “We were promised that changes would be made from the top down. Then, dear God, we learn this. I have had it up to here.”
Dear Rep. Caltagirone,
All the other preceding Grand Jury reports weren’t enough? The thousands of letters and calls you received from advocates, parents and victims over the years – weren’t enough? You can’t plead ignorance and blind faith in Bishops. You were well-informed.
It was politically convenient for you to believe their promises. You were in a position to protect children. This “come to Jesus” came a little late.
However, for many this is a sign of hope – of change. I will try to be optimistic, but I believe most politicians as much as I believe most bishops.