United States priests in sexual abuse cover-up

United States priests in sexual abuse cover-up

United States priests in sexual abuse cover-up

"Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing".

Lennon is referring to Attorney General Josh Shapiro (pictured above), a Democrat and former state lawmaker who was elected to that office in 2016. "The longer they covered it up, the less chance law enforcement could prosecute [priest] predators, because the statute of limitations would run out".

"We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated", the grand jury said. Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing.

"Predators in every diocese weaponized the Catholic faith, and used it as a tool of their abuse", noted Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Josh Shapiro at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

"It was none of those things".

The sexual-abuse accusations in Pittsburgh stretch decades, starting in 1940s to 2018.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, figures prominently in the report, because he led the Pittsburgh diocese as its bishop from 1988 to 2006.

The Philadelphia archdiocese and the Johnstown-Altoona diocese were not included in the investigation because they have been the subject of three previous scathing grand jury investigations.

In Australia, a bishop has been found guilty of covering up sexual abuse.

US bishops have acknowledged that more than 17,000 people nationwide have reported being molested by priests and others in the church.

The grand jury said the state's bishops had misused their power and enabled the victimization of children by transferring abusive priests and failing to notify police of their crimes.

The abuse ranged from groping to rape.

One victim in Pittsburgh was forced to pose naked as Christ on the cross while priests photographed him with a Polaroid camera. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water.

The oldest victim who spoke to the grand jury was 83.

"We don't think we got them all", he said.

The conspiracy of silence extended beyond church grounds. But the grand jury also serves as a gut-wrenching reminder of the lasting physical and spiritual toll of failure.

It covered allegations in the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses, which collectively minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics.

Berks County is in the Allentown Diocese.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ordered release of the report after a judge decided on redactions.

An ADW spokesman said that "portions of the Grand Jury's Report ... dramatically, disparagingly and, most importantly, incorrectly attributed the phrase 'circle of secrecy, '" to Wuerl. The care, healing and right to justice for victims must remain preeminent in the concerns of Church leaders. "They were ridiculed", he said. The abuse scarred every diocese.

But there is no full accounting of abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States. Transparency, accountability, credibility and responsibility are all needed now more than ever. But victims who are over age 30 had just two years to sue.

The report comes at a time of fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Rozzi previously has sponsored legislation in the past that sought to eliminate the statute of limitations, seeing it pass in the state House but struggle in the state Senate.

"This is standard operating procedure", said Rezendes, whose team's reporting was featured in a 2015 movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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