Clergy abuse report prompts fallout, victims’ protest
March 8, 2016
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A grand jury report saying two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of victims by more than 50 priests is continuing to cause fallout in a central Pennsylvania diocese.
Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests plan a rally outside diocesan offices on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Bishop Mark Bartchak has ordered banners of all former bishops removed from the diocese’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec, who headed the diocese from 1966 until 2011, were criticized by the report. Hogan died in 2005 but Adamec’s attorney has denied he did anything wrong.
Also Cambria County Judge Patrick Kiniry has resigned from the board of a Catholic high school. The report says Kiniry, a former prosecutor, and Hogan removed an accused molester from ministry rather than filing charges.