Historical Church Child Abuse in Pennsylvania

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Historical Church Child Abuse in Pennsylvania

Post by Ria on Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:51 pm

Hundreds of Penn. children sexually abused by ‘predator priests’ – grand jury report

Over the course of 40 years, hundreds of children in Pennsylvania were sexually abused by dozens of Roman Catholic priests, a new state grand jury report said, adding that the behavior was also covered up by bishops.
"The heinous crimes these children endured are absolutely unconscionable," said state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to Reuters. "These predators desecrated a sacred trust and preyed upon their victims in the very places where they should have felt most safe."

The grand jury report highlighted abuse by some 50 priests, describing victims that were incredibly traumatized and at least one that took their own life as a result. It also names former Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Bishop James Hogan, who died in 2005, and his immediate successor Joseph Adamec, who retired in 2011, saying they “failed to protect children” due to “the desire to avoid public scandal.”
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