Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of priest abuse report across commonwealth

Grand jury report details sexual abuse by Catholic priests in six dioceses

Steve Tawa
June 20, 2018 - 7:26 pm



HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Just before the release of a grand jury report expected to detail sexual abuse by Catholic priests in six dioceses across the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has blocked it from being made public. 

The grand jury presentment — more than 800 pages — was expected to examine sexual abuse and cover-ups in every Catholic diocese in the commonwealth except Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, which previously had been documented in separate grand jury reports.

The Supreme Court’s order does not identify the petitioners who moved to block the report. 
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has said all six dioceses — Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — had agreed to support the release of the findings. 

The high court did not disclose its reasons in a four-sentence order.

The report is expected to reveal details of widespread abuse and efforts to conceal and protect abusive priests.

In a written statement, Shapiro said his office will "continue fighting tirelessly to make sure the victims of this abuse are able to tell their stories and the findings of this investigation are made public to the people of Pennsylvania.”