ALTOONA, PA - A Vatican confession that admits more than 50 priests or religious leaders were involved in sexually abusing children for four decades, and two Roman Catholic Bishops helped cover it up. This is according to a just released report from a Pennsylvania grand jury.
The report on the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese is the result of a two-year investigation. It shines a critical spotlight on the late Bishop James Hogan and retired Bishop, Joseph Adamec.
“Not only was it covered up,” says Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, “Not only were priests moved around, but Bishops Hogan and Ademec took actions to further endanger children as they placed their desire to avoid public scandal above the well-being of innocent children.”
No criminal charges are being filed because some abusers have died, and because the statute of limitations has expired. “And hundreds of children today who are now adults are still suffering those consequences,” says Kane.
The findings sound a lot like the movie Spotlight, the true story of Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Priest sexual abuse scandal. Catholics and others demanded to know the full scope of wrongdoing by abusers and the Bishops who did nothing.
The Pennsylvania report was released just two days after Spotlight won two Oscars. The film also received praise in an editorial in a Vatican-owned newspaper. The best picture winner is “Not anti-Catholic....and has a compelling plot.”
Even though the movie's ending credits have rolled, sadly, these stories of sexual abuse don't seem to stop.