Someone Certainly Has It In for the Catholic Church: Pennsylvania grand jury names 300 priests accused of sexual abuse

Catholic bishops and other church leaders covered up sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests over seven decades, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.

The “real number” of victims could be in the thousands, but some records have been lost and some victims were afraid to come forward, 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,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. More than 100 of the priests are dead, and in nearly all of the cases, the statute of limitations has run out, making criminal prosecution in those cases impossible.

The grand jury accused Cardinal Donald Wuerl, head of the Washington diocese, of helping protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh’s bishop.

He disputed the accusation, saying he acted with “diligence” to protect victims.

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