Report On Catholic Church Abuse Cover-Up Incites Survivors’ Collective Rage

Survivors are speaking up after a grand jury investigation identified more than 1,000 abuse victims in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

After decades of having their stories dismissed, covered up or outright silenced, survivors of Catholic clerical sex abuse in Pennsylvania are finally getting an opportunity to voice their collective rage.

Survivors and advocates are speaking up after Pennsylvania’s attorney general released an 884-page report that details how six Catholic dioceses in the state covered up sexual abuse by priests for the past 70 years. Over the course of two years, a grand jury identified 301 “predator priests” and over 1,000 victims in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

The jurors also accused senior church officials, including former bishops, of reacting to these alleged crimes by protecting abusers and the church’s reputation while brushing aside victims’ pain.

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