Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 6, 2018 / 10:30 am
The Bishop of Pittsburgh has pledged to release the names of all priests of the diocese accused of abuse against a minor. He made the announcement Sunday, August 5, in a letter read at every Mass in the diocese.
Bishop David Zubik also encouraged abuse survivors who had not yet come forward to do so.
The announcement comes shortly before the publication of a 900-page grand jury report on sexual abuse allegation in six Pennsylvania dioceses - Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.
Zubik said the grand jury report will be a “sad and tragic description of events that occurred within the Church.”
The report is believed to detail allegations of widespread sexual abuse and cover-ups within the dioceses over the last 70 years. It is expected to be released later this week and to contain the names of approximately 300 individuals suspected of abuse or of covering up abuse.
The report was initially scheduled for publication at the end of June, but delayed following legal challenges by some of those named in it.
After initially staying the release, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that a partially redacted version be published no later than August 14. Sources have told CNA that the Pennsylvania dioceses are expecting it to be released on Wednesday, August 8.
Bishop Zubik said that the Diocese of Pittsburgh had “fully cooperated” with the state’s attorney general and has not tried to block publication of the report.