Attorney general: Allentown Bishop Schlert helped cover up child sex abuse

The Morning Call

September 25, 2018

By Tim Darragh

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in Allentown Tuesday for the first time since the release of the grand jury report on child sex abuse in six Catholic dioceses, said it is “unconscionable” that Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert is leading the diocese after handling the cases of predator priests.

The Allentown Diocese, he said, is “exhibit A” to support the allegation that the church covered up for sexually abusive priests and promoted those who enabled it.

“Catholic church leaders were rewarded for their role in the cover-up and Father Schlert is one example of that,” he said during a 45-minute interview at The Morning Call.

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