Catholic Dioceses Grand Jury Report

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Nearly 10 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was shaken by a deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city’s resilience in the face of tragedy gripped the nation.

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A counselor at a Baltimore Catholic school has been removed from his post after sexual abuse allegations stemming from the 1980s surfaced in Pittsburgh.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie says that it will soon start accepting claims for compensation by survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy.

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The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced a program Thursday to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has offered details on the cost of the clergy abuse scandal.

The latest edition of the diocese's official publication says the scandal has cost it $21.5 million since 1999.

Of that amount, $15.7 million has gone to settlement payouts and awards and $4.3 million to legal fees.

A letter from Bishop Mark Bartchak says 290 people have received settlements or counseling from the diocese.

A state attorney general's grand jury report has alleged the diocese protected at least 50 religious leaders suspected of abuse.

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The state Supreme Court ruled to permanently shield the names of 11 unidentified priests listed in a grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse, citing Pennsylvania's unique right to reputation.

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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that a group of current and former clergy members could not be named in a grand jury report implicating them in child abuse and coverups in six Roman Catholic dioceses.

The decision wasn’t just a victory for those plaintiffs; it may make grand jury reports like that one much less common.

In general, grand juries compile evidence in sensitive criminal cases to decide whether charges should be filed. They don’t make rulings, but their findings are often widely publicized.

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The state Supreme Court has decided to permanently redact the names of nearly a dozen current and former Roman Catholic clergy who were implicated in a sweeping grand jury report on sexual abuse of children.

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In a speech before the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg Monday, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said there is more to come in his office’s investigation into abuse within the Catholic church.

In a wide-ranging speech, Shapiro touched on the many lawsuits he’s been involved in against the Trump administration. He also touted improvements to the AG's office after years of scandal, and rebuffed a question about whether he wants to be governor.

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Fourteen people who say they were sexually victimized as children by Roman Catholic priests decades ago are filing new lawsuits against the Pittsburgh Diocese.

New Lawsuit Against PA Catholic Dioceses Demand More Secrets Be Revealed

Nov 16, 2018
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Two people who have accused priests of molestation in Philadelphia have filed a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and all of the state’s dioceses demanding that additional church secrets be exposed.

Pennsylvania Dioceses Outline Child Sex Abuse Victim Funds

Nov 8, 2018
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Seven Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said Thursday that they have taken steps to set up victim compensation funds, nearly three months after a chilling grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in the state.

The Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Scranton and Allentown dioceses issued public announcements, and a lawyer for the Greensburg Diocese said it is also involved. The Erie and Pittsburgh dioceses said they were setting up funds but were not ready to disclose details. Altoona-Johnstown said it set up a victim fund in 1999.

West Virginia Diocese To Release Names Of Accused Priests

Oct 24, 2018
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A Roman Catholic archdiocese in West Virginia announced Wednesday it plans to release the names of all priests and deacons who have been "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse since 1950.

Backers Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Window Rally In Capitol

Oct 24, 2018
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Survivors of child sexual abuse and others are ramping up pressure on Pennsylvania's Republican senators to vote on a bill to would give victims a two-year window to file lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated.

Feds Open Clergy Abuse Probe In Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2018
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The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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Negotiations in the state legislature crumbled late Wednesday night on a bill that would have made it easier for child victims of sex abuse to later sue abusers and enablers.

After weeks of back-and-forth, closed-door talks, and little progress, lawmakers stayed at the Capitol until the bitter end of their final scheduled session day before the election, and went home without passing one of their highest-priority projects.

The sticking point?

A provision that would have opened a window for lawsuits on cases in which the statute of limitations has already expired.

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Pennsylvania's Legislature started its final scheduled voting day in 2018 Wednesday with no resolution to legislation responding to a state grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades.

Legislation is in the Senate, where the Republican majority has thus far opposed a provision recommended by the grand jury and backed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Gov. Tom Wolf, the House of Representatives, Senate Democratic leaders and victim advocates.

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One of two Roman Catholic priests charged as a result of the damning Pennsylvania grand jury investigation admitted he sexually abused children, pleading guilty Wednesday to corruption of minors and child endangerment.

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro says recommendations from a state grand jury report that found Roman Catholic priests sexually abused more than a thousand children over decades will pass if given a vote in Pennsylvania's Senate.

Shapiro spoke Monday while greeting victims of sexual abuse demonstrating outside Senate offices.

Senate Republican majority leaders haven't promised a vote on all four recommendations. The chamber's top Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, says one recommendation is unconstitutional.

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Pope Francis announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from his post as Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.

2-Year Window For Child Sex Abuse Suits Divides Negotiators

Oct 12, 2018
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A state House Democrat negotiating legislation to help victims of child sexual abuse is rejecting an approach recently circulated by the top-ranking Senate Republican.

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Most of the financials of Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses’ are a mystery to outsiders. As religious institutions, they don’t have to report income or spending. 

Haunted By Clergy Abuse, PA Family Leaves Catholic Church After Years-Long Struggle

Oct 9, 2018
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Each time there’s a new report or newspaper article about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Chuck Gesing steels himself.

Ohio's Largest Catholic Diocese To Out Abusive Priests

Oct 3, 2018
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Ohio's largest Roman Catholic diocese will join three other dioceses in the state and release a list of priests who have been removed from their posts because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

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In the first public arguments in the case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over redactions to the scathing grand jury report released last month alleging widespread child sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy in six of the state’s eight diocese.

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The state House has passed a major bill aimed at making it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers.

The measure’s fate now rests with the Senate, and leaders say they have no intention of passing it without significant changes.

Both chambers agree on the proposal’s basic features.

It would get rid of the statute of limitations on all child sex abuse cases and extend the cap for victims to file civil suits against institutions.

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The state House has approved an amendment that would open a two-year window for child sex abuse victims to sue in cases on which the statute of limitations has run out.

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Bishop David Zubik kicked off the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese’s Year of Repentance Sunday.

Pennsylvania Dioceses Consider Victims' Compensation Fund

Sep 21, 2018
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Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church.


A West Pennsylvania college has renamed its student activity center after receiving credible allegations of sexual abuse against the hall's previous clerical namesake.