Bishop David Zubik Says He Was Never Part Of A Cover Up

He responded to grand jury report on KDKA Radio Morning News

Bishop David Zubik

Andrew Limberg

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Grand Jury Report on Catholic Priest Abuse was released Tuesday afternoon and says that more than 300 priests, clergy and lay teachers committed the abuse over a period of decades, 99 of them in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Bishop David Zubik, joined the KDKA Radio Morning News on Wednesday to respond to the report.

Zubik stresses that 90 percent of the allegations happened before 1990 in Pittsburgh.

 “When those allegations came forward way back then, people were so shocked, they didn’t know how to handle it. Judges didn’t know how to handle it; psychiatrists didn’t know how to handle it. So I think they basically didn’t address it.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press conference on Tuesday there is evidence in the report stating Bishop Zubik was involved in a cover up, as well as former bishop, and current Archbishop of Washington, Donald Wuerl. Bishop Zubik denied those assertions.

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“I was never part of a cover up. I couldn’t do that. I’ve always tried to do the right thing,” said Zubik. “In the times that I’ve worked with Bishop Wuerl when he was bishop of Pittsburgh, I never heard him say anything or see him do anything that would have indicated any sort of a cover up.”

Shapiro reacted by calling the bishop's claim “outrageous and irresponsible.”

When asked why the names of the priests involved were not released earlier, Bishop Zubik responded by saying, “In the past I didn’t do that because I felt those names needed to be given to the district attorney. Now I released them, I think for the healing of the victims, and so that people know we’re not trying to hide anything.”

The Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh is in the process of hiring a person that will visit regularly with priests who have been removed from ministry, to make sure they are continuing their sobriety.

During the conversation with Larry, Bishop Zubik apologized to all of the victims and offers support.

“If there is anybody out there who has been abused and hasn’t brought that to our attention, we really want to hear it and we really want to help you.”

More than 1,000 children were victimized in six Catholic dioceses, according to the report.

Bishop Zubik explains what faithful Christians have to do to move past this;

“We have to take a look at the cross. I think the cross is first in admission of sins. We have to admit those sins; we can’t put our heads in the sand. We have to realize that mistakes were made. Second of all we have to move from there to heal, help other people to heal, and look for ways in which we can stop this kind of behavior.”

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