A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
“The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid scandal,” the report says. “Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: They hid it all.”
The news conference began with video testimony from victims of abuse at the hands of priests, dating back to 1947. One said, “It doesn’t ever go away.” Another said, “These are people who these priests ruined their lives.” Another said, “I’ve waited a long time for this.” Some of those on the stage – all survivors of the abuse – wept openly.
The portions of the report referring to them will remain redacted for now until the court can hear their arguments that their depictions in it are inaccurate or unfair. So the report expected sometime Tuesday will have some names and identifying details blacked out.