Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese tells parishioners it will release names of priests accused of child sex abuse
Catholic churchgoers attending Mass in a six-county region this weekend received letters from Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik pledging to release the names of priests accused of child sex abuse once the results of a far-reaching grand jury investigation become public.
The report could be published as soon as this week. The 900-page document is expected to detail accusations against “over 300 predator priests” and examine decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups in six dioceses across the state, including Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton and Allentown.
Zubik told parishioners they can expect a “sad and tragic description of events that occurred within the Church.” Nearly 90 percent of reported incidents happened before 1990, Zubik said.
He urged any other victims to come forward.
The letter was read aloud during weekend services and parishioners received copies.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that an edited version of the document may become public as early as Wednesday and no later than Aug. 14. The court ordered state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to prepare a copy of the report, with the names of those who filed objections blacked out along with any context that would point to their identities.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, email@example.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.