Clergy abuse of children in Pa: Recap of grand jury report presentation

By Megan Lavey-Heaton,, August 14, 2018

The long-awaited grand jury report into clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania is being released today.

The office of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro empaneled the grand jury in 2016 to investigate allegations of child sex crimes across six of the state's eight Catholic dioceses: Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg.


The grand jury, which completed its investigation in April, produced a 900-plus page report that names more than 300 members of the clergy by name in connection to  . . . 

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  • Gerard Vernot
    commented 2018-08-15 20:08:11 -0500
    I read about the Pennsylvania grand jury’s report on the child sex abuse by more that 300 priests in the past 70 years. More than 1000 victims have been identified. Descriptions of the behavior these priests engaged in with children was disgusting. Even more disgusting was the response of Bishops who did nothing and tried to hide it for decades.
    As a result, I wrote a letter to the Bishop of my diocese in St. Petersburg, Florida asking him to write his response to the report. I also asked him to send it to all the parishes in the diocese and have them publish in their church bulletins so that parish members would be alerted to seriousness of this issue. I am currently waiting for his response.
    I would encourage all member of SNAP to do the same and get their Bishop’s response.
  • Patrick Cardiff
    commented 2018-08-15 12:02:14 -0500
    I relive the abuse in my mind every time this makes the (national) news.
    Rosensteel was my tormentor in late 1960s at St. Patrick Parish in Johnstown, PA.
    He committed suicide, so there’s no way I’ll get relief in this life.
    I’ll hold on to these ideas till the day I die: loathing for the cowards that stood behind authority, disdain for the authority that harbored and cosseted such criminal deviates.

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