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1,000 children abused in Pennsylvania by priests: jury

Updated August 16, 2018

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In this Sept 21, 1979 file photo, the Most Rev. William H. Keeler, left, is shown prior to his ordination as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg in the rectory of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pa. Standing at centre is John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia, and at right is Archbishop Jean Jadot, the pope's apostolic delegate to the United States. A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of the late cardinal Keeler, who is accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania. ─ AP
In this Sept 21, 1979 file photo, the Most Rev. William H. Keeler, left, is shown prior to his ordination as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg in the rectory of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pa. Standing at centre is John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia, and at right is Archbishop Jean Jadot, the pope's apostolic delegate to the United States. A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of the late cardinal Keeler, who is accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania. ─ AP

NEW YORK: A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 1,000 children were abused by some 300 “predator priests” a news report here said.

“We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands,” the grand jury report says.

“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. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.”

The grand jury described the church’s methods as “a playbook for concealing the truth” after FBI agents identified a series of practices they found in diocese files.

The lengthy report, released on Tuesday afternoon, investigates clergy sexual abuse dating to 1947 in six dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

Published in Dawn, August 16th, 2018