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Over 300 ‘Predator Priests’ Indicted in 70 Years of Sexual Abuse and Coverups in the US Roman Catholic Church

The “Secret Archives” of the Catholic Church in the United States revealed that over 300 “predator priests” have been indicted for sexual molestations in six Roman Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania. A 1,356-page report published by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court detailed how the Church had covered up incessant cases of sexual abuses in six of the eight dioceses of Pennsylvania for up to 70 years.

The six Roman Catholic dioceses of the state covered in the scathing report are –

  • Pittsburgh
  • Allentown
  • Erie
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg, and
  • Scranton

Cardinal Donald Wuerl Blamed For Concealing Priests Engaged In Sexual Molestations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepared the damning report over an 18-month period, fully investigating how church priests had sexually molested minors and adults alike.

The report particularly highlighted the faults of Cardinal Donald Wuerl in concealing many of the sexual abuses perpetrated by clergies under his nose. Wuerl was formerly the bishop of Pittsburgh but now the archbishop of the Washington diocese. He is one of the most prominent cardinals in the United States and relatively close to Pope Francis. In a statement, Wuerl denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he always “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse.”

Church’s Own Documents Implicate Abuse Scandal

But Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania would not spare the Church in his report. He said the church’s own secret documents informed the basis of the report and related investigations. He added internal church documents revealed Wuerl was aware that tens of priests sexually violated children and adults but covered up the anomalies.

“The cover-up was sophisticated,” Shapiro said. “And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation.”

Although Wuerl refuses to be blamed for concealing culpable priest predators, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese opened up on the issue. He came up with 71 names of priests who at one time or another had been incriminated for sexual misconduct and revealed he had orders to delete the names of errant bishops involved in sexual child molestation since 1947 from the diocese records.

Other dioceses also released names of priests accused of sexual misconduct against children and adults over the last 70 years. Cardinal Wuerl, however, did claim that during his tenure priests found guilty of sexual molestation were summarily dismissed, while other priests were left off the hook because accusations against them were unsubstantiated. This included 32 priests from Pittsburgh diocese referenced in the Grand Jury report.

As the report states, “There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us those earlier stories happened someplace else. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”


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  1. Ginny Celano August 16, 2018

    They’ll face their maker

  2. i am August 16, 2018

    The public will continue to hide their heads in the sand

  3. Betty Major August 16, 2018

    Need to face the court of loraina bobbet

  4. Barbara Dean August 16, 2018

    This is horroriffijc

  5. Rick Long August 16, 2018

    So Sick! But the Catholic Church isn’t alone! Misery Loves Company! Raping girls and raping little boys? Not a ticket to Heaven! All in the name of God! Ya! Right!

  6. Fred Breining August 16, 2018

    How sad !

  7. Religion the root of all evil

  8. Tania Marcotty August 16, 2018

    Send the pope a big broom!

  9. James Newton August 16, 2018

    What amazes me is this
    Has been going on for
    Hundreds of years. And
    Kept hidden by the perpetrators. The priests. The real shame is it’s still going on. 300
    + priests over 1000+ children abused. And they get a free pass. Sad

  10. Fred Nightwalker August 17, 2018


  11. Margrett Egan Geist August 17, 2018

    The church owns done if the best properties in the world, refuse to acknowledge how bad it is and treat the victims as the sinner. I was 4 years old. The boys I saw that night maybe 11-12.

  12. Rebecca Rodriguez-Fimbres August 22, 2018


  13. Dellene Garlock August 22, 2018

    Where are the criminal charges??

  14. Deborah Anderson August 22, 2018

    That’s only one state

  15. Linda Waterman Bentz August 22, 2018


  16. Roni Howard August 22, 2018

    Damn can’t trust nobody

  17. Louise Dickerson August 22, 2018

    Sick bastards!!!

  18. Nathan Henderson August 22, 2018

    How long has the romans acted this way seance the day of moses

  19. Margrett Egan Geist August 22, 2018

    I know one too, but he has been dead since the 1970-1. How many boys as I saw you with that night you abused this 4 year old.

  20. Wayne Moon August 23, 2018

    So much for the Catholic Church’s !!!!

  21. Linda Dwaileebe August 23, 2018


  22. Juan Damiani August 23, 2018

    How many in the diabolics evangelicals scams?


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