Banner flown over Pittsburgh calls for bishop’s resignation
A man said he paid $1,600 for an aerial banner to fly over Pittsburgh and its major highways Thursday with a message for Bishop David Zubik to resign amid the child sexual abuse scandal.
The banner misspelled Zubik’s name, as it read: “Resign Bishop Zupik.”
“I am a private citizen,” the man told the Tribune-Review, declining to reveal his identity. “I’m flying it to show all the victims they are loved and cared about. I’m a faithful Christian and Catholic and I love Pittsburgh.”
Zubik, in a statement, replied: “I have no intention of resigning. I have a job to do and I will do it to the best of my ability.”
The man said he hired the company Air America to fly the banner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
“This is my money and my money alone,” he said. “It’s not from any other organization. I want to show the victims that their voices are heard and we are going to expose the truth.
“This is only the beginning.”
In Western Pennsylvania, 20 “predator” priests who worked in the Greensburg diocese and 99 in the Pittsburgh diocese stand accused of sexual abuse in the far-reaching grand jury report made public in August.