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Can Pennsylvania Catholics Reconcile Their Faith With The Church's Legacy Of Abuse?

Lindsay Lazarski

The faithful are still reeling from revelations unearthed a 900-page Grand Jury report implicating 300 "predator priests" across six Pennsylvania dioceses, including 99 in Pittsburgh alone.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington and his local successor, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, have both apologized in the wake of what Attorney General Josh Shapiro called a monumental coverup, but some wonder what concrete action will be taken to ensure the safety of children in the church.

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik joins "The Confluence" at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Tweet us your questions @WESAconfluence or email us at

Religion reporter Michelle Boorstein has covered the report's evolving global implications for The Washington Post. She's joined in studio with 90.5 WESA's social justice and identity reporter Virginia Alvino Young, as well as Elisabeth Vasko, professor of theology at Duquesne University. Vasko is among more than 5,000 theologians to sign a document asking all U.S. Catholic bishops to resign.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9AM to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

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