Shapiro Should Share Evidence Of Cover-up In Church Abuse
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro went straight to the top last week in attempting to release a massive grand jury report on sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and the mishandling of the matter, including cover-ups, by hierarchy. The report was scheduled for release in June but the state Supreme Court delayed it to hear objections from 14 people named in the report but not charged, before ordering its release Friday with some names redacted. Bishops in all six dioceses agreed not to attempt to stop the report’s public release. Shapiro had sent a letter last week to Pope Francis, who has vowed more openness about the church’s abuse crisis, asking him to intervene to secure the report’s release. He charged that at least two leaders of the church in Pennsylvania had worked behind the scenes to encourage objectors to try to block the release. If Shapiro has evidence of that, he should reveal who those leaders are, especially if they are any of the six bishops who had agreed to the report’s release, or their subordinates. Secrecy long has been the driver of the scandal, which won’t be resolved until it is fully exposed to the light. The court’s redactions maintain some of that shade. Shapiro, should name those who, he believes, tried to prolong the secrecy.