New Reports of Clergy Sex Abuse

Pauline Gross
August 18, 2018

People in this province might spare a thought for Pennsylvania with the release there on Tuesday of a grand jury report that says roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests molested more than 1,000 children in that state since the 1940s.

"The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur", Burke also said in the statement.

"The cover up was sophisticated and, all the while, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up", Shapiro said Tuesday.

The Vatican called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible".

"If they had just gotten all of the dirt out at the very beginning, all at the same time, then we wouldn't be suffering death by 1,000 cuts".

Since the crisis exploded in Boston in 2002, dioceses around the country have dealt with similar revelations of widespread sexual abuse, with many of them forced to come clean by aggressive plaintiffs' attorneys, assertive prosecutors or relentless journalists.

The USCCB also pledged to ask the Vatican to investigate accusations swirling around former cardinal Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, a high-ranking cleric who has been accused of sexually abusing boys and adult seminarians.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro - whose office released a shocking grand jury report this week alleging decades of child abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests - says it's time to eliminate the statute of limitations law that will keep a lot of them from ever seeing criminal charges.

"Health leave" is a euphemism for time in a church-run treatment facility after a sexual abuse scandal.

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Pope Benedict XVI apologized to victims of sexual abuse in Ireland in 2010, and the Vatican said in 2011 that it never discouraged bishops in Ireland from reporting sexual abuse to authorities. How many priests I removed.

This week's report from the Attorney General alleged Bishop James Timlin covered up allegations of abuse against priests and authorized payments to victims.

"I think this is the tip of the iceberg", said Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has fought church sex abuse for almost two decades.

Most of the Pennsylvania victims were boys, but girls were abused, too, the report said.

"These documents, from the dioceses" own "Secret Archives, ' formed the backbone of this investigation".

The diocese says all the allegations are from many years ago.

The plan "will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican", Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said.

A top clergyman faulted in a Pennsylvania grand jury report over his handling of sexually abusive priests is asking parishioners not to lose confidence in the church.

As Catholics and Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania try to heal and move forward from this dark chapter, supports and understanding must be offered to those left permanently scarred by the trauma.

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