Pennsylvania grand jury finds some police and district attorneys helped Catholic church cover up priest abuse

By Tim Darragh,  The Morning Call, September 1, 2018

As he began a blistering presentation of a grand jury report into decades of child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro singled out two groups — the Catholic Church hierarchy and law enforcement — for sometimes working in tandem to keep the accusations from the public.

“The abuse scarred every diocese,” he said. “The cover-up was sophisticated. The church protected the institution at all costs.”

But the findings, identifying 301 predator priests, also showed a “failure of law enforcement,” Shapiro said.

The investigation found that while the church leadership was consistently involved in protecting  . . . 

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