Diocese of Cleveland Welcomes New Bishop as SNAP Challenges Him on Transparency

The Diocese of Cleveland is welcoming a new leader today and we are calling on local parishioners to examine his record closely and demand that their diocese will be treated to more openness and transparency that the previous diocese led by this new bishop.

Bishop Edward Malesic comes to Cleveland by way of Greensburg, PA, one the dioceses investigated in 2018 by PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Notably, Bishop Malesic was one of two prelates that filed legal challenges to A.G. Shapiro’s investigation. In our opinion, this move was an attempt to keep information about abusers and their enablers hidden. Fortunately, Bishop Malesic’s challenge failed and citizens in western Pennsylvania were better able to learn the truth about the scope of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up in their local area.

In another display of secrecy, Bishop Malesic refused to tell the public about a second allegation of abuse made against one of his Greensburg priests, a critical omission that we believe was made in order to lessen the gravity of the scandal facing the diocese. This behavior falls far short of the promise made by American prelates to be “open and honest” in cases of clergy sexual abuse. We hope that Bishop Malesic will do better in Cleveland.

Parishioners and the public in Ohio deserve transparency and we call on Bishop Malesic to pledge that he will not fight against any investigations begun by secular law enforcement officials, whether in Ohio or at a federal level. We also hope that parishioners in the Diocese of Cleveland will hold Bishop Malesic accountable for his previous attempts at secrecy and demand that their children and vulnerable are better protected and kept informed about cases of abuse within their diocese.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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