Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catholic Legislators Feel Church's Ire over Abuse Bill Votes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catholic Legislators Feel Church's Ire over Abuse Bill Votes

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PHILADELPHIA * Roman Catholic legislators say they have been publicly shamed during Mass, called out in church bulletins and disinvited to parish events as the Philadelphia Archdiocese campaigns against a bill that would give victims of child sexual abuse more time to sue the church.

Rep. Nick Miccarelli, a Delaware County Republican, said he was shocked to learn that the weekly bulletin at his church mentioned that he had voted for the bill. "I've been to Iraq and back and there's very little that makes my jaw drop, but seeing that in parish bulletin, my jaw hit the floor," said Miccarelli, who served two tours in Iraq in the Army National Guard. "I was in disbelief."

Under the headline "JUST SO YOU ARE AWARE" the announcement reads, "State Representative Miccarelli voted in favor of House Bill 1947, which states that private institutions can be sued as far as 40 years ago for millions of dollars, while public institutions may not be sued for any crimes. …

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