Bishop: Some pri­ests named in re­port re­main in min­istry

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The bishop of Pitts­burgh’s Ro­man Catholic dio­cese said a few pri­ests named in a soon-to-be-re­leased grand jury re­port on clergy sex abuse are still in min­istry be­cause the dio­cese de­ter­mined al­le­ga­tions against them were un­sub­stan­ti­ated.

The Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette re­ported that Bishop David Zu­bik re­it­er­ated to re­porters Fri­day that “there is no priest or dea­con in an as­sign­ment to­day against whom there was a sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tion of child sex­ual abuse.”

Zu­bik said af­ter the re­port’s re­lease he would meet with parish­ioners whose pri­ests may have been named in it to ex­plain why the dio­cese’s own re­view did not sub­stan­ti­ate any al­le­ga­tions.

Zu­bik spoke Fri­day with the Post-Gazette and KDKATV at a tap­ing of the weekly cur­rent-events pro­gram KDPG Sun­day Edi­tion.

The state Supreme Court dis­closed re­cently that the grand jury had iden­ti­fied more than 300 “preda­tor pri­ests” in the six dio­ce­ses that were in­ves­ti­gated: Al­len­town, Erie, Greens­burg, Har­ris­burg, Pitts­burgh and Scran­ton. To­gether, those dio­ce­ses min­is­ter to more than 1.7 mil­lion Catholics.

The re­lease of the nearly 900-page re­port has been held up by chal­lenges by some pri­ests and for­mer pri­ests. The court ruled that a ver­sion with some names blacked out can be made pub­lic soon. The Har­ris­burg Dio­cese has iden­ti­fied 71 pri­ests and other mem­bers of the church who had been ac­cused of child sex abuse and the Erie Dio­cese re­leased its own find­ings on clergy abuse in April.

Zu­bik, who has been bishop for 11 years, ear­lier vowed to re­lease the names of any mem­bers of his clergy named in the re­port, which he called “a sad and tragic de­scrip­tion of events that oc­curred within the Church.”

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