As grand jury report looms, diocese postpones anniversary celebration

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 29, 2018

By Peter Smith

Facing a grand jury investigation and its biggest internal reorganization in a generation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has indefinitely postponed its 175th anniversary celebration.

Bishop David Zubik had invited a papal representative to celebrate a July 29 Mass at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to commemorate the 1843 creation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

But a massive report by a statewide investigative grand jury is awaiting release. It remains sealed pending challenges before the state Supreme Court from individuals criticized in the report who are seeking to block its publication. The report looks into seven decades of allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up in Pittsburgh’s and five other Pennsylvania dioceses.

At the same time, reorganization efforts are in full swing across the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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