HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor claims at least two leaders of the Catholic Church are trying to block the release of a grand jury report alleging child sexual abuse in six of the state’s dioceses, and he’s asking Pope Francis to intervene.READ MORE: Pitt Students Celebrate ACC Championship, Look Forward To Peach Bowl
The report includes both the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote to Pope Francis on Wednesday saying anonymous petitioners had filed court actions to stop the release of the report that details the abuse and cover ups by church officials. The state Supreme Court has put the report on hold.READ MORE: Two-Point Attempts Make The Difference In Steelers 20-19 Win Over Ravens
Shapiro says “credible reports indicate” at least two church leaders are behind attempts to stop its release. He’s asking the pope to direct church officials to withdraw their objections.
The Vatican didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter.
However, attorneys representing some of the petitioners arguing against the release of the report say the state attorney general’s plea to Pope Francis is “stunning and highly unusual.”
Attorney Justin Danilewitz and his firm represent some of those former and current clergy named in the document who say releasing it would violate their constitutional rights. He says the letter is a thinly veiled accusation without proof.MORE NEWS: 'Tows For Tots' Helps Bring A Merry Christmas To Local Children
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