Suffer the children

Here we go again.  After a two-year process, an 884-page Pennsylvania grand jury report was released at 2pm Eastern time today.  It details seven decades of sexual abuse by priests and religious order members and its cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.  These six Pennsylvania dioceses were given copies of the report last May, but in a further attempt to cover-up the systemic and unapologetic rape of children, legal chicanery from several clergy members, including former Erie Bishop Donald Trautman, kept the report sealed until the state Supreme Court ordered its release today, with certain names redacted.

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This is a day of a kind unknown in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.  The scale and scope of today’s revelations is truly staggering.  The grand jury identified 300 accused priests across the six dioceses and 1,000 victim-survivors. 

Seven decades' worth of subpoenaed clergy personnel files and other Church records were the basis of the grand jury’s findings.  


The grand jury used their report not only to outline specific allegations of sexual abuse and institutional cover-up by clergy and the Church, but also to issue recommendations for preventing and punishing sexual abuse in Pennsylvania in the future.  The recommendations included eliminating statutes of limitations for criminal cases of sexual assault in Pennsylvania, as well as creating a two-year window for civil cases to be brought by people who were previously abused but have been unable to pursue civil claims under the statute of limitations.

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The question remains — why this Church, why these staggering numbers?

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