Catholic Church Sex Abuse Report Accuses More Than 300 Priests


More than 300 clergy were accused in a grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, also detailed a "systematic" cover-up effort by church leaders over 70 years. 

Over 1,000 child victims were identified in the report but the grand jury believes there could be many more thousand victims because they could have been too scared to come forward. 

The 18-month probe covered the abuse and cover-ups in the state's eight dioceses- Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg- and in two other dioceses. 

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Tuesday that the nearly 1,400-page report details a “systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.”

Few criminal cases may result from the massive investigation because the cases are simply too old. 

“As a consequence of the cover-up, almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted,” the introduction reads.

Read more about the full report on the Washington Post.


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