Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

More than 1000 children abused by priests in Pennsylvania

More than 1000 children abused by priests in Pennsylvania

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the report an "honest and comprehensive accounting of widespread sexual abuse" in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton that minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference on Tuesday that his office is working to remove those redactions.

The report is made up of years' worth of testimony but also numerous church's own records, files known to priests as the "secret archives", where accusations of abuse were kept and hidden away until now.

"The pattern was abuse, deny and cover up", Shapiro said.

Washington County District Attorney John Pettit, filed the sexual abuse charges against three Roman Catholic priests for allegedly molesting two brothers who were altar boys, and accused the church of foot -dragging during the investigation. "There is no priest or deacon in an assignment today against whom there was a substantiated allegation of child sexual abuse", Zubik said Friday, implying that those facing unsubstantiated claims may still serve.

The sweeping two-year long grand jury probe reveals sexual abuse against mostly adolescent males, with victims numbering perhaps well into the thousands over the course of several decades.

Several of the dioceses issued statements apologizing to victims and saying they were taking steps to ensure any criminal behaviour was stopped.

A 19th, the Diocese of St. Cloud in Minnesota, announced plans in February to file for bankruptcy protection.The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said in late May that it has agreed to pay a $210 million settlement to 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse, one of the largest payouts to date in the US over the scandal.

"Church officials routinely and purposefully described the abuse as horseplay and wrestling and inappropriate conduct".

Another boy was repeatedly raped from ages 13 to 15 by a priest who bore down so hard on the boy's back that it caused severe spine injuries. Only two of the priests are still subject to prosecution. He went on to say that he will fight to reveal the names now redacted in the report.

More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church's own records, according to the report. The scandal in Pennsylvania is but one small facet of the crisis facing the Church around the world over clergy sexual abuse, abuse of power, an active homosexual culture in seminaries, predatory prelates and widespread homosexual activity among the us priesthood. The diocese settled with the family after requiring a confidentiality agreement, according to Shapiro. Many bishops, including future-Cardinal, the late Anthony Bevilaqua, were accused of continuing priests they knew to be unsafe to children in active ministry. "They allowed priests to remain active for as long as 40 years", he said.

The priests marked their victims with gifts. Another child drank juice, only to wake up the next morning bleeding from his rectum and unable to remember what had happened.

A pedophile priest made a nine year-old boy give him oral sex before washing his mouth out with holy water.

In Chile, the Pope was forced to recant his dismissal of an abuse scandal involving a prominent priest and bishops accused of covering up his crimes.

Among other things, the "predator priests" were to continue receiving housing and living expenses, and they could be transferred to another church.

Its report also detailed procedures allegedly used by the Church to suppress allegations of abuse, dubbing the methods "a playbook for concealing the truth". One estimate suggests up there were 100,000 United States victims. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. That story was turned into Oscar-winning Hollywood movie, Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, seen here a year ago, is the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese.

The document comes at a time of renewed scrutiny and fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church.

The conspiracy of silence extended beyond church grounds: police or prosecutors sometimes did not investigate allegations out of deference to church officials or brushed off complaints as outside the statute of limitations, the grand jury said.

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