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Statement of Archbishop William E. Lori on the Court of Appeals Decision in the Merzbacher Case

After having met with several survivors of John Merzbacher since arriving to Baltimore in May 2012, I have come to some understanding of both the terrible acts committed by Merzbacher and the impact of his horrific crimes on those he abused.

I am grateful for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision and hope that it gives peace to the many survivors of Merzbacher who continue to suffer decades after they were abused as children.

I pray this decision will bring for them some measure of closure and will eliminate any possibility of Merzbacher’s release from prison.

The Archdiocese pledges to continue to provide assistance to survivors of John Merzbacher, whom I remember regularly in prayer.