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Pa. justices to hear arguments whether to name clergy accused of abusing children

September 25, 2018

By Staff

HARRISBURG — The intense and largely secret fight over whether to permanently shield the names of some Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children or concealing it will for the first time be aired in open court.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case that will determine whether sections of the state grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse that are now blacked out should remain redacted. Those marks shield the names of a group of former and current clergy who contend that passages about them in the report are inaccurate or unfairly harm their reputations.

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