‘We know it’s not going to be pleasant’: Priests ponder when, how to prepare parishioners for report

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 2, 2018

By Peter Smith


At a recent weekday Mass, the Rev. Lou Vallone dealt directly with the looming grand jury report on sexual abuse in Pittsburgh’s and five other Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses.

“We know it’s coming, we know it’s not going to be pleasant, but we know it’s necessary,” said Father Vallone, pastor of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks and St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Crescent. As the church teaches about its sacrament of penance or confession, he said, “the sinner has to go in and say, ‘I did this,’ or he’s never going to be on the path of reconciliation.”

As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considers whether and when to authorize the release of the voluminous grand jury report, some priests are raising the issue with parishioners, but others are waiting until the report comes out to respond to it.

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