Attorney General Josh Shapiro outlined the findings of the grand jury investigation into six catholic diocese in Pennsylvania.

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Pa. Supreme Court won't release names of priests implicated in sex abuse report

December 04, 2018 - 1:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court is keeping the lid on the identities of more than 10 Roman Catholic clergy implicated in the statewide grand jury report on priest abuse in the commonwealth. 

The 6-1 vote majority wrote, "in absence of any other viable remedy, we are compelled to find that these redactions ... must be made permanent." In other words, the high court will not make public the blacked-out names of priests named in the report on child sex abuse.

The 6-1 vote majority wrote, "in absence of any other viable remedy, we are compelled to find that these redactions ... must be made permanent."
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Eleven clerics challenged the validity of the report. They argued that they had not been given the opportunity to respond to the allegations before the grand jury, which named 300 priests who it says preyed on more than 1,000 victims over 70 years.

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Justice Debra Todd wrote that, while the "outcome may be unsatisfying to the public and to the victims of the abuse detailed in the report ... and while we understand and empathize with these perspectives ... constitutional rights are of the highest order ... guaranteed by the right of due process."

In a written response, State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says "the order allows predator priests to remain in the shadows, and permits the Church to continue concealing their identities." He says "nothing in the Order prevents Dioceses from sharing the shielded names with their parishioners and the public." He calls on "Bishops to do so immediately, consistent with their recent calls for transparency."