Catholic Dioceses Grand Jury Report

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A judge in western Pennsylvania has thrown out the conviction of a retired Roman Catholic priest accused of having assaulted a boy almost two decades ago.

Bankruptcy Judge Wades Into Harrisburg Diocese's Finances

Feb 21, 2020
Joseph Darius Jaafari / PA Post

A federal judge on Friday began the process of figuring out how the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese will remain functioning and able to pay its bills while its 2-day-old bankruptcy filing inches ahead.

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On today's program: The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg becomes the state's first to file for bankruptcy; a court victory for a species of bat could protect them from extinction; and Central Outreach Wellness Center brings its unique medical care to Beaver County. 

Matt Rourke / AP

Leaders of Harrisburg’s Roman Catholic Diocese are outlining a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

New Fund Helps PA Abuse Survivors Pay For Counseling

Feb 17, 2020
Ted S. Warren / AP

Starting this week, Pennsylvanians who have experienced sexual assault and never reported it to police can apply for a share of $5 million to pay for counseling.

Pennsylvania Dioceses Offer $84M To 564 Clergy Abuse Victims

Dec 26, 2019
Julio Cortez / AP

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that’s sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated Press review.

Pennsylvania’s Sexual Abuse Laws Leave Survivors Conflicted

Dec 2, 2019
Marc Levy / AP

When Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws this week after a years-long battle, absent from the bill-signing ceremony were some of the people who had worked hardest for the changes.

Jacqueline Larma / AP

Pennsylvania’s governor approved legislation Tuesday to give future victims of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits and to end time limits for police to file criminal charges.

Catholic Church Boards Reviewing Sex Abuse Fail Victims

Nov 21, 2019
Gregory Bull / AP

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards.

Marc Levy / AP

Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) has been trying to overhaul Pennsylvania’s statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse ever since he joined the state House seven years ago.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

The firm overseeing the Diocese of Pittsburgh's fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse says it’s received 367 claims. The deadline to apply was September 30.

Hundreds Of Accused Priests Living Under Radar With No Oversight

Oct 4, 2019
Frank Franklin II / AP

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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On today's program: A North Side nonprofit will host an after school program at the convention center; state lawmakers could consider changing Pennsylvania's life without parole sentencing structure; a check in with the Pittsburgh diocese a year after a salacious grand jury report; and the state House reconvenes today with an agenda that could include new work requirements for Medicaid recipients. 

U.S. Investigation Of Priest Sex Abuse Produces First Charges

Sep 5, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Federal prosecutors filed their first charges Thursday in a sweeping investigation of child sexual abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Roman Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family.

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On today's program: Parishoners call for change in the Pittsburgh Diocese; Lancaster is one of Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing counties, in part because of Amish population growth; local archaeologists find evidence of a community 8,000 years old; and RMU's price match program expands beyond the Pittsburgh area.

Julio Cortez / AP

Four men have filed suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton and its current and former bishop over claims a priest sexually abused them when they were children.

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On today’s program: Pennsylvania's attorney general marks one year since the release of a grand jury report exposing widespread clergy abuse; how sidewalks form an overlooked part of Pittsburgh’s transportation network; a school security expert examines the effectiveness of current protections, and a panel weighs in on the harmful effects of active shooter drills in schools.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's top state prosecutor says investigations remain underway after 1,862 calls were made to his office's clergy abuse hotline in the 12 months since a landmark grand jury report exposed decades of child abuse within the state's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Matt Rourke / AP

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has become Pennsylvania's seventh diocese to open a victims' compensation fund since a landmark grand jury report accusing senior church officials of systematically covering up the sexual abuse of children.

The diocese's program began Tuesday and is open for applications through Sept. 30.

It opens as state lawmakers renew a long-running debate over whether now-adult victims who long ago passed Pennsylvania's age limit to sue should get another chance to take dioceses and perpetrators to court.

Fight Over Sexual Abuse Victims’ Lawsuits Returns To Senate

Apr 10, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Democratic lawmakers are attempting anew to give now-adult victims of child sexual abuse a reprieve from time limits in Pennsylvania law that prohibit them from suing perpetrators and institutions that may have covered it up.

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they're introducing legislation that's been propelled by child sexual abuse scandals, including in Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. The state House was scheduled later Wednesday to vote on similar legislation.

Keith Srakocic / AP

A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults.

The settlement with the Diocese of Erie was announced Tuesday by the victim's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

The defrocked priest, David Poulson, was sentenced this year to 2 1/2 to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of one boy and attempted sexual assault of another.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Allegheny County Health Department has been criticized in community meetings and at a state legislative policy hearing for a lack of communication in the first several days after a Christmas Eve fire at Clairton Coke Works. How can outreach improve, what’s being done to repair the plant, and how can Pittsburghers protect themselves from emissions?

Andrew Medichini / AP

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. 

Matt Rourke / AP

A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.

Church Abuse Victims Wait To See If Legislature Will Act

Jan 28, 2019
Marc Levy / AP

Lawmakers have returned to the Pennsylvania Capitol but have yet to revisit legislation on child sexual abuse scandals since an October fight killed a bill that would have allowed long-ago victims to sue the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions.

Judge Who Led Grand Jury Abuse Reports 'Would Be Huge'

Jan 26, 2019
Julio Cortez / AP

Judge Norman Krumenacker III recalls Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking him what kind of attention the statewide investigation into allegations of abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church would bring.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

Survivors of clergy sex abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh can now apply for compensation. A website for the voluntary program where claims can be submitted went live Tuesday.

New Attorneys General To Continue Investigating Clergy Abuse

Jan 18, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse.

Frank Franklin II / AP

A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults is set to be sentenced in Pennsylvania court.

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In the late 80s, musician Marty Ashby worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and experimented with smaller jazz events on the side. Then he met the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. He knew he'd found his calling.

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