A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has rejected a church sex abuse plaintiff’s argument that the regular statute of limitations does not bar him from suing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because of a federal law that can enable full-time military personnel to pursue civil actions long after their injuries occurred.

According to the recent opinion in Lazarski v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, plaintiff Edward Lazarski Jr., who grew up a parishioner of St. Agnes in West Chester, Pa., claimed he was molested by the Rev. Raymond O. Leneweaver for several years beginning in 1975, when Lazarski was 12.