Or call the Erie Catholic Diocese at 814-451-1543. Now we know the truth: “it happened everywhere”, the members of the grand jury added.
The group plans to host a series of meetings this week on cultivating safe environments within the church and will give an update upon its conclusion.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro – whose office released a shocking grand jury report this week alleging decades of child abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests – says it’s time to eliminate the statute of limitations law that will keep majority from ever seeing criminal charges.
He stressed that many priests remain true to their vocation. The report said the numbers of actual victims and abusers could be much higher.
Burke’s statement drew attention to the report’s finding that very few cases of abuse occurred after 2002.
“As a effect of the coverup, nearly every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted”.
The report does not detail any charges against Paone during his time in Nevada.
In a New York Times op-ed, he encouraged Catholics to speak to their pastors and bishops and express their anger to the Vatican’s representatives.
Just because there are some priests who misbehave doesn’t mean that all priests are “sexual predators”.
The report, released after a two-year investigation, said there are likely additional victims.
On Thursday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invited the Vatican to play a key role in investigating the scandal involving McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians. “And sorrow, disgust, outrage – these are righteous feelings, the stirrings of the conscience of a people scandalized by the bad reality that too numerous men who promised to protect their children, and strengthen their faith, have been responsible for wounding both”. Some clergy on that list are deceased, while others have been removed from ministry.
Michael McDonnell, 49, a SNAP leader in Philadelphia who said he was abused by two priests when he was a boy, agreed. The total number now stands at 72. The grand jury report said that in 1991, Wuerl reassigned an accused priest, Ernest Paone, to the Reno diocese.
Ruse says, however, that he is aware of several investigations where so-called “lavender seminaries” are under the microscope of those trying to bring an end to the Catholic abuse scandal. “As the grand jury report illustrates, they are subject to the strengths and weaknesses of those entrusted to carry them out”, he wrote. As of August 15, the list hadn’t been released. “Adopt and support each of these recommended reforms to Pennsylvania law – now”, Shapiro said.
The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has received more than 150 calls on its hotline.