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Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report

Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report

More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the report.

 

A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday reveals decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused “predator priests” as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal.

More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the report.

 
 

“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 grand jury said in the report released Tuesday afternoon.

“Today, Pennsylvanians can learn the extent of sexual abuse in the dioceses and for the first time we can begin to understand the systematic cover up by church leaders that followed,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference in Harrisburg Tuesday, the deadline set by the state’s Supreme Court for the release of the 884-page report with some of the names of the accused clergy temporarily redacted.

“Let me be very clear my office is not satisfied with the release of a redacted report, every redaction represents an incomplete story of abuse that deserves to be told,” he added.

The report, which was the result of a roughly two-year investigation, had remained under seal during pending court challenges from clergy. Clergy members had until last week to seek to have their names redacted from the long-anticipated report.

 

Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse within the church were to be in attendance.

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