Grand jury calls priest abuse in Altoona "Soul Murder"

Your Erie
March 1, 2016

[with video]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a scathing grand jury presentment that outlines hundreds of incidents of abuse of children by Catholic priests in the Altoona and Johnstown area over the past 50 years.

That report outlines what was called a conspiracy by priests, two bishops and some members of law enforcement to hide the extent of the damage by at least 50 priests over 50 years. The allegations involve hundreds of children during that time.

Members of the grand jury admit that no charges can be brought in the case because of the time that has lapsed but the report called the abuse both "staggering and sobering."

Attorney General Kane called the releasing of the report "a day of reckoning."

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