HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A soon-to-be-released grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses says that church leaders in every part of the state “brushed aside” victim complaints to prevent scandals.READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Closing Rialto Street So Crews Can Repair Steps
That finding and others from the grand jury were disclosed in a court filing made public Friday resolving one of many legal disputes over the report.
According to the document, the grand jury found that several diocesan administrators, including bishops, dissuaded victims from reporting abuse and sometimes pressured law enforcement to end or avoid investigations.READ MORE: State Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Wanted For Arson, Domestic Assault
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The details were disclosed in a filing involving retired Erie Bishop Donald Trautman.
He dropped his challenge to the report’s publication in its current form, after prosecutors agreed some of the report’s broad claims were not specifically directed at him.MORE NEWS: Carnegie Mellon University Reminding Students They Must Be Vaccinated For Upcoming Semester
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