PA Grand Jury Report on Child Sexual Abuse Released

August 14, 2018 - 4:38 pm

A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.

The grand jury report released a short time ago says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. including the Diocese of Scranton. The grand jury says it believes the ``real number'' of abused children might be ``in the thousands'' since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report says more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

The Diocese of Scranton released a statement following the reads in part:

"As the community copes with the findings in this report, Bishop Joseph Bambera offers his deepest apologies to the victims who have suffered because of past actions and decisions made by trusted clergymen, to victims’ families, to the faithful of the Church, and to the community at large.

No one deserves to be confronted with the behaviors described in the report. Although painful to acknowledge, it is necessary to address such abuse in order to foster a time when no child is abused and no abuser is protected.

The Diocese of Scranton cooperated fully with the Grand Jury because of its firm belief that child sexual abuse cannot be tolerated and must be eradicated from the Church. 


The full report is available at:

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