Breaking News --- "Pa. Catholic Church sex abuse report names hundreds of priests, accuses leaders of cover-up: 'They hid it all.' "---- Philadelphia Enquirer/ Philly.com
This is the official Grand Jury Report for most of the Pennsylvania Dioceses, which the local Roman Catholic hierarchy and many named priests have tried to suppress --- it's been released under court order with a few names and details redacted
Latest blow-up of the generations-long scandal of Roman Catholic priestly child abuse --- AGAIN PUTS THE >>> SPOTLIGHT <<< ON STATE SENATOR MARTIN GOLDEN'S REFUSAL TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND OTHER VICTIMS
According to an article in today’s “Morning Call” --- “A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday reveals accusations of sexual abuse against 301 priests, whose actions went unchecked for decades in dioceses across Pennsylvania, including Allentown…. Instead of reporting pedophiles, dioceses routinely shuffled them from parish to parish, enabling them to prey upon new victims, the document shows. The statewide grand jury spent two years on what may be the most exhaustive investigation of the church taken on by a state. It covered allegations in the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses, which collectively minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics….” (See “Scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report accuses hundreds of priests of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children” by Emily Opilo & Tim Darragh, 8/14/18, The Morning Call/ News/ Breaking News [http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-grand-jury-report-catholic-dioceses-20180612-story.html#]).
The piece by Morning Call reporters Emily Opilo and Tim Darragh went on to note that “…. The 23 members of the grand jury took testimony from dozens of witnesses. But it was in the church’s own files — more than half a million pages of internal diocesan documents in “secret archives” — that the grand jury found the names of more than a thousand children who were victimized, most of them boys…. ‘We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands,’ the report noted…. Several victims who joined Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a news conference in Harrisburg wiped away tears as a video of their stories played…. Shapiro said the abuse was “systematically covered up by church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.” He said the faith was weaponized to use against victims and to protect the institution at all cost…. The 884-page redacted grand jury report was due to be released by the end of June, but the state Supreme Court stalled its release when more than a dozen of those named in the report filed objections, claiming the allegations would damage their reputations while denying them their constitutional right to due process…. Every redaction, Shapiro said, represents a story that needs to be told….”
Cardinal Bevilacqua, formerly of Brooklyn.....
What is told in the Morning Call article are several stories detailing the abomination of Roman Catholic priestly sexual abuse over a protracted period; even more abominable is the systematic coverup by the hierarchy. Most notable to me were reports of specific directives by Philadelphia’s Cardinal Bevilacqua, formerly of the Brooklyn Diocese, based on Church documents and the testimony of his top aid, who was since elevated to be Bishop of Allentown .
There are similar reports in several other notable newspapers and across all news mediums.
Tell Marty Golden that he has to change his position on the New York State Child Protection Act of 2018....