Dioceses Receive Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse
By Peter Smith
May 24, 2018
Six Roman Catholic dioceses have copies of a Pennsylvania grand jury report critical of their handling of sexual abuse by priests and others over the past seven decades, an attorney for one of the dioceses said Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Attorney Generalís Office provided the mammoth report based on an investigation by the 40th statewide grand jury of sexual abuse in the church.
Pittsburgh attorney Mark Rush, representing the Erie diocese, said that under court order he could only confirm the receipt of the 800-plus-page report by the dioceses. Officials of the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses would not confirm receipt of the report.
The action followed several days of meetings and behind-closed-doors legal maneuvers in which some dioceses, including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Greensburg, called for due process in how the report was disseminated. Other dioceses under investigation include Erie, Allentown and Scranton.