Bishop Zubik Wants to See, Respond to Report before Its Release
By Peter Smith
May 18, 2018
Roman Catholic Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said he’s not opposed to the imminent release of a grand jury report into sexual abuse in the diocese but wants an opportunity to “read, review and respond” to it before its public release.
“We are not opposed to the release of the report,” Bishop Zubik said Friday in an interview. “We have cooperated fully” with the investigation. “We just want to be able to have an opportunity to read, review and respond to it.”
The 40th statewide grand jury has for nearly two years been investigating sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses as far back as the 1940s.
Three Catholic bishops this week — from Erie, Allentown and Scranton — said they would not contest the release of the report, while two others, in Greensburg and Harrisburg, made similar statements but emphasized the need for due process.