Pennsylvania Grand Jury 900 page Report on Priest Sexual Abuse of Children and Young Adults

“The pattern was abuse, deny and cover-up,” said state Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Shapirio described a “systematic cover-up” and a “failure of law enforcement.”

There is little here that was not revealed in the lawsuits I handled against the Archdiocese of Louisville in 2002-2003.

“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability. 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. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal.”

The report counted 41 “predator priests” in the Diocese of Erie, 37 in Allentown, 20 in Greensburg, 45 in Harrisburg, 99 in Pittsburgh, and 59 in Scranton.  In Louisville, Kentucky I started to unravel this criminal activity and coverup with just one client and within a few months, there were 250 survivors who were willing to come forward and tell their stories of childhood horror.  These voices and our investigation revealed 38 abusive priests and one sitting Bishop who abused over a period of 50 years.  In 2004 I filed suit against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for the serial criminal acts of sexual abuse perpetrated by the nuns charged with the responsibility of caring for some 850 orphans and the orphanage here in Louisville. These tales of horror were memorialized in a book by one survivor entitled, The Unbreakable Child.  Sadly, there is nothing revealed in this Report which was not revealed Worldwide by the publicity and media coverage of the Louisville cases.  While the Attorney General in Pennsylvania declared that “it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal,” the truth is there is no remedy afforded these survivors due to the archaic statute of limitations on civil suits in virtually every state.  If there is going to be any show of genuine concern for these survivors of criminal cover-up and conspiracy by the Church the statute of limitations must be changed to reflect the reality that it often takes decades for survivors to gather the much-needed courage to come forward, stand up and point the finger at the Church and demand justice.  William F. McMurry, August 14, 2018