There is a fight going on in the State Assembly in Harrisburg. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico is opposed to Window Legislation that would allow a window to open for civil cases to be brought against pedophiles and other sexual predators who have committed crimes against children and vulnerable adults. Marsico is a Catholic, so it is logical that he would like to protect his church. Well, not really logical, perhaps it is understandable that he would bow to pressure from his church.
But I am thinking that there may be a more personal reason here. A priest by the name of Guy Marsico was credibly accused of abusing a child and removed from ministry in the Harrisburg area. Is it possible that Representative Ron Marsico is protecting a family member who would stand to face civil action if a window was opened? This may not be political. It could be very personal, family business. I wonder what, if any, the familial relationship is between the House Judiciary Chairman in Harrisburg and the former priest assigned to St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Rohrerstown?
That would be a fairly huge conflict of interest and a slap at survivor’s of sexual abuse as children if it turns out that the peoples’ representative is putting the interests of a predator family member ahead of the protection of children and justice for victims of prior abuse. I would love to know the answer!
House Bill 342 needs to get an up or down vote on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Assembly.