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For Philadelphia’s New Archbishop, A Reminder Of Ongoing Priest Abuse Probe

(Karen Polesir, left, Philadelphia SNAP co-director, and Joy Wuenschel, SNAP spokeswoman.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

(Karen Polesir, left, Philadelphia SNAP co-director, and Joy Wuenschel, SNAP spokeswoman. Photo by John Ostapkovich)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - While Philadelphia-area Catholics got their first glimpse of the new archbishop today inside the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul (see related story), outside was a reminder on an ongoing controversy.

Two members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held protest signs and photos of some long-ago victims.

SNAP Philadelphia co-director Karen Polesir (at left in photo) says she hopes for a new era of due diligence in investigating abuse allegations within the church and with the help of civil authorities.

As to the legacy of Cardinal Rigali, she says, “He obviously did not do his due diligence because 21 priests were just indicted under his leadership, so we’re hoping that that’s not going to happen again with Bishop Chaput.”

A statement from Philadelphia DA Seth Williams said that Cardinal Rigali’s response to the grand jury report was “constructive.”

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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