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What's At Stake For Pennsylvanians As Bishops Gather In Rome To Discuss Global Sexual Assault Crisis

Andrew Medichini
Catholic leaders and victims of assault will gather at the Vatican to discuss what to do in the wake of the sexual assault crisis in dioceses across the globe.

Over the next few days in Vatican City, Pope Francis will meet with bishops from around the world to address ongoing clergy sexual abuse scandals, including those accused in Pennsylvania. 

Susan Bigelow Reynolds, assistant professor of Catholic studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, explores how a culture of clericalism and secrecy is affecting sex scandals in the Catholic Church. She says Pope Francis’ calls to moderate expectations are not about a lack of urgency, but a recognition that there are many bishops who disagree about how to handle the situation.

Credit Courtesy of the Pittsburgh International Airport
Courtesy of the Pittsburgh International Airport
A mock-up for PIT's plaza space. The design features separate levels for departing and arriving passengers, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an extended security checkpoint and a shorter walk for arriving and departing passengers.

Elsewhere in the program: 

Designs for a $1 billion, modern, streamlined terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport were unveiled on Wednesday. It will be built adjacent to the current airside facility, between concourses C and D, and is set to open in 2023. Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis and architect Luis Vidal talk about the design process and discuss their plan to improve the passenger experience. “One of the features that we’re most excited about is just the ability to capture what I think is essentially a Pittsburgh experience in terms of ability to be influenced by the space,” says Cassotis. “It’s an investment in our future.”

Oil and gas waste is high in salt and radioactive material. The wastewater from these processes can be used to make a de-icer that works well in extreme cold. Now lawmakers in Ohio are considering re-introducing a bill that would loosen regulations on using this de-icer. The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports on what this law could mean for the citizens and environment of Ohio. 

In 1960, a Hill District native Mildred Allen founded the Triboro Softball League. Dozens of teams from all over the city joined the league. 90.5 WESA’s Katie Blackley reports although the league disbanded in 1976, its civil rights legacy remains an important part of Pittsburgh history. 

And PublicSource is launching “Developing Pittsburgh,” a new reporting venture dedicating to covering urban development and the importance of design and planning for the health of Pittsburgh. Assistant editor Jeffrey Benzing and beat reporter Tom Lisi join The Confluence's Kiley Koscinski to discuss their plans.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. 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 or wherever you get your podcasts.

Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
Julia Zenkevich reports on Allegheny County government for 90.5 WESA. She first joined the station as a production assistant on The Confluence, and more recently served as a fill-in producer for The Confluence and Morning Edition. She’s a life-long Pittsburgher, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at
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