Bishop Zubik To Release Names Of Clergy Accused Of Sexual Abuse

Hopes grand jury report will not cause further pain to the victims

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
August 06, 2018 - 10:20 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A grand jury report on child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Catholic dioceses is being released soon. One report says it could be made public between the 8th and 14th of this month.

In a letter read to parishioners over the weekend, Bishop David Zubik says the Diocese of Pittsburgh will reveal the names of the accused, excluding those with appeals beforre the Supreme Court.

The bishop tells KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin he made the decision to do that after reading the grand jury report himself.

"I didn't want people to think I was hiding something. I wanted people to maintain a sense of confidence in my leadership that can really help in the healing process."

Bishop Zubik says he hopes the report will not cause further pain to the victims.

The bishop says the church responds differently to abuse allegations “by removing a priest or deacon from ministry" sharing the news with parishioners and alerting law enforcement.

Zubik says 90 percent of the allegations in the Diocese of Pittsburgh happened before 1990.

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