PA Attorney General calls Allentown Diocese property transfers “deeply concerning”

Morning Call

October 26, 2029

By Emily Opilo

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he is scrutinizing the transfer of properties into trusts by Allentown and other Catholic Dioceses as they were being investigated by a statewide grand jury.

In a meeting with Morning Call reporters and editors Friday, Shapiro called the property transfers “deeply concerning” and consistent with a pattern of secrecy the Allentown Diocese, and Bishop Alfred Schlert, displayed in the 2018 grand jury report, which revealed the abuse of more than 1,000 children by 300 priests in six dioceses.

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