The numbers are utterly shocking. 300 Roman Catholic priests in just one state, Pennsylvania, are suspected of committing sexual offences against children. Three hundred.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made public one of the broadest-ever investigations into Catholic clerical sex abuse of minors in the United States on Tuesday. The document, a 1,400-page grand jury report, is the result of an 18-month probe by Pennsylvania state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and names at least 300 priests accused of child sex abuse by more than 1,000 victims throughout the state.
Some of the priests’ names in the report have been redacted. The report’s release was delayed after several clergy members named in the report filed legal challenges against its publication. Shapiro told reporters at a news conference that the report details “systematic coverup by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.”Three hundred. Those numbers put evangelist preachers to shame. Mind-boggling. Did the priesthood in Pennsylvania turn into some diabolical pederastic cult?