Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Catholic School To Drop Name Of Cardinal Accused Of Inaction

Catholic School To Drop Name Of Cardinal Accused Of Inaction

The grand jury said: "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all".

The U.S. Catholic church has spent and committed to spending almost $4 billion in settlements and court awards relating to sexual abuse cases involving priests and other church officials over the last 65 years, according to a 2014 report; most of those payments came in recent years.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, at podium, speaking during a news conference in Harrisburg.

The 900-page report released yesterday - considered the most comprehensive of its kind - said 300 Roman Catholic priests committed abuse with impunity. We know that these past actions have caused pain and mistrust for many people.

While the charges were later dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired, the grand jury report shows, "not for lack of merit".

But although the probe brought charges against two clergymen, including one who has since pleaded guilty - other priests identified as perpetrators are either dead or will avoid arrest because their alleged crimes are too old to prosecute under state law.

"We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this". Persico reportedly said the mishandling of the sex abuse claims made him angry and he wanted to do the right things, Shapiro said.

The grand jury said it found in its investigation that those who claimed sexual abuse of their own or of their children by Catholic clergy or other church workers were "brushed aside", and officials became more concerned with protecting the abusers because they wanted to protect the image of the church, the report says.

Winters agreed, "Of all the bishops mentioned in this report, Wuerl was the one who understood just how wrong this was, before the others".

In a statement Tuesday, the Cardinal said he "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse".

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Pennsylvania is believed to have conducted more investigations of institutional child sex abuse than any other state. Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials' concealment of it.

According to the document, priests would mark out which boys had been groomed for abuse by giving them gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape. They failed to report accused clergy to police and sent abusive priests to so-called "treatment facilities", which "laundered" the priests and "permitted hundreds of known offenders to return to ministry", the report said.

The document, totalling over 900 pages, relates to the USA state of Pennsylvania and claims hundreds of priests were guilty of a string of horrifying sexual abuses dating as far back as the 1950's, all allegedly covered up by the Catholic church.

"Further, in his deposition, when Connare was specifically asked if he informed the pastor of Holy Family of the reason Dellamalva was being transferred to his parish, Connare stated that he did not", read the report. The pictures were added to a collection of child pornography and shared on church grounds.

Numerous more than 1,000 victims were persuaded to drop their allegations of sexual abuse or were ignored by church officials, according to the report, which adds that the church also worked to have investigations dropped by local law enforcement agencies.

The report of nearly 1,400 pages covers a period of 70 years into the past, including information from the early 2000s, a time when news of the clerical sex abuse scandal erupted in the US. The Pennsylvania report comes after the resignation last month of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of sexually abusing young priests and seminarians, as well as minors.

The lengthy report, released Tuesday afternoon, investigates clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses dating back to 1947.

"We again emphasize that this is a list of accusations; we did not make assessments of credibility or guilt in creating this list", a statement from the diocese said.

Tim Lennon, the president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to lift civil and criminal statutes of limitations for child sex crimes, and to provide victims who no longer meet the age requirements in state law with a new window to file civil lawsuits.

Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law.

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