Cardinal Wuerl Defends Himself in Light of Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Report

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released an edited version of the grand jury report on child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy in six dioceses.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro told reporters that the report details “systematic coverup by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.”   As an example, Shapiro detailed how a group of four priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh systematically targeted, groomed and marked boys for future molestation.  “To make it easier to target their victims, the priests gave their favored boys gifts — gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The crosses were markings of which boys had been groomed for abuse,” Shapiro said.  Those priests also developed and distributed child pornography on church grounds, according to Shapiro.   Of the 301 accused “predator priests” identified in the report, 99 of them were from the diocese of Pittsburgh.

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