PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The long-awaited grand jury report on sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania diocese was finally to be released on Wednesday, but there is yet another delay.READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Closing Rialto Street So Crews Can Repair Steps
From here, it’s not a question of if the report will be released — it’s only a matter of when.
The findings of the grand jury — two years in the making — have been held up more than a dozen objectors — former clergy who say they’ve been unfairly named in the report. Their objections have resulted in weeks of back and forth legal wrangling.READ MORE: State Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Wanted For Arson, Domestic Assault
The state Supreme Court approved the release of the report with those names and certain identifying information redacted. But the petitioners objected again, prompting a second revision. Still, most of them objected once more before today’s 1 p.m. final deadline.
But now, the entire matter is in the hands of senior Judge John Cleland — appointed by the court as the special master to approve a final redacted version to be released no later than Tuesday.MORE NEWS: Carnegie Mellon University Reminding Students They Must Be Vaccinated For Upcoming Semester
And while the names of those objectors will not be in it — as many as 300 other priests and lay teachers are expected to be named — as many as 90 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh alone.