Church Sex Abuse

Sex Scandals Fester At Unhealthy Organizations, Experts Say

Aug 19, 2018
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Of all the horrific details contained in the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, one sentence stands out: "The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid 'scandal.'"

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The release of a long-awaited grand jury report on sexual abuse by Pennsylvania’s Catholic clergy has been delayed once again.

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The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese says he'll release the names of any of his clergy members accused of sexual misconduct with a minor once a state grand jury report on clergy sex abuse is released.

Bishop David Zubik says in a letter issued Saturday he'll wait for the grand jury report to be issued before going public with the information.

The state Supreme Court disclosed recently the grand jury has identified more than 300 "predator priests" in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh. Those dioceses minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics.

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The Supreme Court is adding another job for the special master it appointed to help black out names and other identifying information from a grand jury report into child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Julio Cortez / AP

The state Supreme Court has ordered  the release of a heavily redacted grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of children at the hands of clergy in six of Pennsylvania's eight Catholic dioceses.

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If a common pleas judge in Cambria County gets his way, more information may be released about a sweeping grand jury report on sexual abuse of children in six of Pennsylvania's eight Catholic dioceses.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Nearly one month after the death of Antwon Rose Jr., conversations about change are taking different forms.

AG Argues Church Abuse Grand Jury Report Should Be Public

Jul 5, 2018
Andrew Harnik / AP

Pennsylvania's attorney general told the state Supreme Court on Thursday he supports a request by news organizations that the court order the release of an extensive report into child sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up in several of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Fernando Lavoz / AP

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro plans to file an objection Monday to the state Supreme Court over its decision not to release a sweeping grand jury report on child abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

'Many Individuals' Object To Naming In Church Abuse Probe

Jun 25, 2018
Julio Cortez / AP

Pennsylvania's highest court says its decision to hold up the release of a major grand jury report on sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses is the result of challenges filed by "many individuals" cited in the report.

The Supreme Court said Monday that most of those individuals claim they're discussed in a way that would violate reputational rights guaranteed by the state constitution. They also say they have a due process right to be heard by the grand jury.

The high court said the attorney general's office did not object to a brief hold on the report.

Marc Levy / AP

A renewed push for legislation to abolish Pennsylvania's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases will follow the publication of a sweeping grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he will be prepared to seek a vote in the state House of Representatives on legislation that carries provisions sought by victims.