This is disgusting. Much of what is in this 884-page report it is about how most bishops throughout the world dealt with priests accused of serious moral and secular crimes against minors. Much has changed in this regard but not enough. But what is in place in most dioceses in our country, especially reporting these kinds of crimes to law enforcement first, is a good step in the right direction.
Bishops and priests, to include cardinals, who were complicit in the cover-up and the lies need to step aside, in my most humble and unsolicited opinion. And the grand jury's four recommendations for secular reform need to be heeded by legislative branches of government.
We are taught as Catholics that each of us will at the hour of our death have our particular judgement. But that judgement happens prior to our death in so many ways as a foretaste of it.
The same is true of the General Judgement when Christ comes again at the Second Coming. At the General Judgement the institutions of the world will be judged as well, to include the institution of the Catholic Church. But it happens in the here and now as a foretaste of that which is to happen.
I listened to a good portion of the presentation by Attorney General of Pennsylvania which was live streamed. I could not help but think that his solicitude for the victims of these crimes, his concern and compassion for them is a role model for bishops who acted instead, as CEO's to protect the institutional Church. If only these bishops had acted as Attorney General Josh Shapiro did, we would be in a much better place today and fewer Catholics would have been damaged to the loss of their faith and lives by what has happened.
Pennsylvania Releases Damning Report On Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
WARNING: Reading this report will damage your physical, psychological and spiritual health.
The 884-page report is the largest, most comprehensive investigation on the church’s sex abuse scandal by a U.S. state, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The grand jury identified over 1,000 victims in the six dioceses examined in the report: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. But the jurors suspected the true number of victims could be much higher.
Shapiro said the report, which was delayed for months while individuals named in it raised legal challenges over what portions should be redacted, showed that church leaders in these dioceses knew abuse was occurring but systematically covered it up.