More than 300 priests have sexually abuse committed in Pennsylvania. That is the conclusion reached in a report of the court in the American state. More than 1,000 children are victims of abuse.
The report, which must determine whether the evidence of the prosecution an indictment warrant, identifies 301 priests of 6 dioceses of which it is plausible that children are abused. The research is based on documents that the catholic church for years hid.
The research, which was for two years, brought widespread child abuse and systematic cover up by the hierarchy of the light, says attorney general Josh Shapiro from Pennsylvania. ‘The cover up was sophisticated. The church leaders held the entire time reports of the abuse and the cover up.’
The Church documented the allegations in each diocese. Most of them date from the eighties, but some were older. Always had the reputation of the Church takes precedence over the safety of boys and girls, says Shapiro.
‘The bishops had the key to the secret archives, ” he said. The doofpotten stretched ” in some cases all the way to the Vatican’.
Activistengroep SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) welcomed the report. ‘But knowledge of the crimes from the past is only worth something if they converted to action sexual abuse and doofpotten in the future, can avoid.’
The group called on catholics to ” to the kerkverantwoordelijken responsible’ and to ask that secret reports are released. Early SNAP on politicians to limitation periods.
According to the prosecutor, Shapiro tried the kerkverantwoordelijken the accusations long enough to cover up stitches, so that they would become time-barred. The grand jury of Pennsylvania could have only two priests to sue as a result of the research. “Too many predators remained out of reach,” he said.