A cop and a Main Line parent tell it like it is: rich kids in suburban Philadelphia are no different - maybe even worse today - than the reputed Georgetown Prep crowd of Bret Kavanaugh. Columnist Maria Panaritis sees this as no laughing matter.
At the height of the national clergy sexual abuse scandal in 2002, Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua promised a better day for victims. Over the next 16 years, Pa.'s Catholic bishops worked to block many victims from winning the right to sue.
The Catholic Church in Pennsylvania does not want many clergy abuse victims to sue. The House of Representatives does. Justice for victims rests now with a great friend of the church - the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate.
Maria Panaritis is a columnist who strikes across Pennsylvania and its most populated region -- the political battleground Pennsylvania suburbs. She aims for any story that cuts through the noise and gives you the real deal. Maria has been an award-winning regional reporter, business writer and columnist, investigative reporter, and immigration beat writer, and has reported nationally and internationally, since joining The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1998.