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Pa. Supreme Court: Names of Catholic clergy will remain shielded

December 3, 2018

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, seen here during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol on Aug. 14, 2018 to announce the grand jury report on Catholic clergy sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By Staff

HARRISBURG — As the Catholic Church undergoes a national reckoning for its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday ruled it would not release the identities of 11 clerics implicated in a high-profile grand jury investigation of such abuse in nearly every diocese in the state.

In its majority opinion, the high court sided with a group of former and current clergy who claimed that passages in a state grand jury report, released earlier this year, are either inaccurate or unfairly harm their reputations.

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