In the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which includes the Pottstown area, all reports of abuse are now immediately forwarded to law enforcement, spokesman Kenneth A. Gavin said. At the same time, the victim is put in touch with a services coordinator who can help line up church funding for therapy, medication and related transportation and child care costs, he said. And after the legal investigation is complete, the church conducts its own, separate canon-law review, he said. He said victims’ services and the internal investigation are handled independently and by former law enforcement professionals, not clergy. That’s a stark contrast from the response detailed in reports issued by a Philadelphia grand jury from 2005 to 2011. Those reports found church leaders shielded accused priests from prosecution, often allowing them to continue operating as clergy after finishing incomplete, internal investigations. At the same time, the reports found, leaders investigated victims who came forward.

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