More than 300 accused priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse

Aug 14, 2018

By Michelle Boorstein

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday released a sweeping grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic Church, listing more than 300 accused clergy and detailing a “systematic” coverup effort by church leaders over 70 years.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Tuesday that more than 1,000 child victims were identified in the report, but the grand jury believes there are more.

The investigation is the most comprehensive yet on Catholic Church sex abuse in the United States. The 18-month probe covered the state’s eight dioceses — Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg — and follows other state grand jury reports that revealed abuse and coverups in two other dioceses.

Shapiro said that the report details a “systematic coverup by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.”

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8 comments on “More than 300 accused priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse

  • An old saying in the Catholic Church, which a righteous curate or a bossy teacher might occasionally pronounce to an evasive parishioner or a dishonest pupil, is: The devil hates the light. In light of this Pennsylvania Supreme Court report one is told plainly who the devil is. Ah, the irony!



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  • LaurieB #2
    When will this international pedophile ring collapse into obscurity?! When?!!

    Even without the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious and without the superiors’ concealment of such crimes, the Catholic Church has been losing its credibility and members at a remarkable rate since the 1960s. The virtual ubiquity of the child-molestation and cover-up scandals that have been coming to public attention merely makes much more obvious how rotten that ancient institution actually is now, and how unworthy it is of anyone’s confidence and allegiance. But the principal, albeit less obviously revolting reason why the church ought to “collapse into obscurity”, as you rather kindly put it (‘into extinction’ would be more fitting), is that the church exists for the express purpose of purveying superstitious beliefs concerning basic matters and events that pertain to anyone’s and everyone’s life. History abounds with cases where the church, by insisting on its superstitious beliefs, has obstructed advances in philosophical, legal and scientific fields and has thus blocked improvements in dealing with moral, social and medical problems. Indeed the present scandals concerning sexual child-abuse in the church have much to do with the hierarchs’ superstitious belief in the independence of, indeed the superiority of, their spiritual authority vis-à-vis the secular or temporal authority of the State, and with their equally superstitious belief that their responsibility to the church outweighs their responsibility for the wellbeing of the children harmed in the sex-abuse cases. These scandals, then, are symptomatic of the noxiousness of the whole institution. If the Catholic Church ever manages to rid itself of that particular defect and to attain in its own practice the purity it has always preached, it will nevertheless continue to believe in the superiority of its spiritual authority over the temporal authority of the State in matters of faith and morals and will for that reason remain a threat to its own members, to their children and to others affected by the church in any way. So let this ancient, historically very interesting institution now wither away and trouble us no more with its moralistic make-believe, its manipulative lies, its delusional self-righteousness, its hypocrisy and in every case its mind-warping superstition.



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  • Garrick

    Yes, that’s the sad state of affairs. Well, this Pennsylvania catastrophe is all over the news and people are disgusted. The young people in my domain know about this situation and are shocked that anyone would still attend that church and donate money. The extent of the indoctrination of the remaining devout Catholics is completely frightening to observe! As our Phil has said in the past here – “morality cripples”. That is entirely fitting in my opinion.



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  • LaurieB #6
    Aug 17, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    The extent of the indoctrination of the remaining devout Catholics is completely frightening to observe!
    As our Phil has said in the past here – “morality cripples”.
    That is entirely fitting in my opinion.

    There really are very few limits to the stupidity or the abuses to which the indoctrinated deluded “morality cripples” are drawn in the name of “religion”!

    This is probably an example from that other “religion of peace”, but the link does not make it clear.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-45223931

    Two people have appeared in court charged with the female genital mutilation (FGM) of a three-year-old girl.

    The man, from Ghana, is also accused of possessing indecent videos of a child, while the woman, a Uganda national, is accused of distributing an indecent video of children.

    Still it is good that there are some prosecutions going ahead (at last), so it will be interesting to see if the culprits try waving a “religion immunity badge” over their crimes!



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