Group calls on Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be more transparent
CLEVELAND - A national organization that represents clergy sex abuse victims is calling on the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland to release records of an exhaustive 2002 grand jury investigation into the priest-pedophile scandal.
"We think the time is now for church officials in Cleveland to lift the cover of secrecy and release these records to the public," says Zach Hiner, the executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
Last Friday, the diocese released the names of 22 more clerics against whom have been made substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse - most of them are now dead - bringing the total number of names released in Cleveland to 51.
In 2002, as the abuse scandal exploded nationwide , FOX 8 did a series of reports focusing on the Cleveland Diocese.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office then began a painstaking examination that investigated allegations of child sexual abuse within the Cleveland Diocese going back half a century.
A 28 person team spent seven months looking at the scandal, calling people before a grand jury to testify and, according to the prosecutor's office, acquiring roughly 50,000 pages of documents - about 40,000 of them from the diocese.
In neighboring Pennsylvania, a grand jury report last year detailed a troubling history of abuse and cover-ups - one that put pressure on diocese around the nation, as well as Catholic schools and colleges, to relea...