Bombshell Pennsylvania report details 300 priests who sexually molested more than 1,000 children over 70 years

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

900 page grand jury report based on records in six dioceses
Says it believes the ‘real number’ of abused children might be ‘in the thousands’
Pennsylvania Attorney General says probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican
Emerged from one of nation’s most exhaustive investigations of clergy sex abuse
Scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state’s 3.2 million Catholics
State Supreme Court had set Tuesday deadline to release a redacted version

DAILYMAIL.COM
14 August 2018

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 ‘predator priests’ who molested children in six dioceses.

The grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.

The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses.

The grand jury says it believes the ‘real number’ of abused children might be ‘in the thousands’ since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward.

The report says more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse.

The report emerged from one of the nation’s most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse.

The report echoes the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials’ concealment of it.

The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state’s 3.2 million Catholics.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, said ahead of the report’s release that he expected to be criticized in it.

The state Supreme Court had set a Tuesday deadline to publicly release a redacted version of the roughly 900-page report.

Some clergy members named in the document say they’re wrongfully accused and are fighting to challenge the allegations against them.

The high court says it’ll consider their claims in September, but in the meantime ordered the report released with the identities of those clergy members concealed.

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