Priest abuse victims detail lifetime of trauma and broken trust

The report is thought to be the most comprehensive to date into abuse in the US church but while prosecutors have filed charges against two priests the vast majority of crimes happened too long ago to prosecute under current laws

More than 300 Pennsylvania priests committed sexual abuse over decades

Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water.

"We're going to get what the victims want", Rozzi said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, a day after a grand jury found that 301 priests had sexually abused about 1,000 children over the past 70 years in Pennsylvania.

Rezendes, a member of the Boston Globe's Spotlight team that exposed the church's sexual abuse cover-up in the city, said that Tuesday's announcement was almost identical to the one he investigated. According to the grand jury, the priest was allowed to stay in ministry by finding a "benevolent bishop". The grand jury expressed pessimism that they had caught every offender. "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all".

The breadth of the accusations and the graphic specificity of the charges make the report a watershed moment in the history of abuse in the Catholic Church: one that will take the church decades to recover from. More than 100 of the priests are dead.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes said that he wasn't surprised by the bombshell sexual abuse scandal around the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Within Pittsburgh's Catholic Diocese, 99 "predator priests" have been revealed in a grand-jury report released by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Similar reports have emerged in Europe, Australia and Chile, prompting lawsuits, sending dioceses into bankruptcy and undercutting the moral authority of the leadership of the Church, which has some 1.2 billion members around the world.

Until now, there have been just nine investigations by a prosecutor or grand jury of a Catholic diocese or archdiocese in the United States, according to the Massachusetts-based research and advocacy organization, BishopAccountability.org. Zirwas "had told me that they, the priests, would give their boys, their altar boys, or their favorite boys these crosses", George told the grand jury.

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The panel concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability. The report recommends eliminating the statute of limitations entirely.

Ultimately, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court chose to release an interim report that redacted the names of clergy members who objected, allowing them to have their day in court before being named publicly. It also is expected to spark another fight by victim advocates to win changes in state law that lawmakers have resisted.

"For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away".

"But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all". Pope Francis last month stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and committed sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

Bishop David Zubik, who leads the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, responded to the shocking report Tuesday and said a cover-up wasn't going on.

"There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church".

"I think this report's going to help people who don't have a family, because they're going to know that there's a lot of people out there now that believe them and are behind them", she said.

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