Priestly pedophilia scorned by local Catholics

Sex abuses have a long and sordid past


The mid-August release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that documents how more than 1,000 children were sexually abused by hundreds of priests over a 70-year period is prompting archdioceses across the country to assure parishioners that, despite widespread scorn and skepticism, new church safeguards are in place and are being rigorously enforced.

“We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this,” begins the report that outlined a multitude of sex abuse cases in the Catholic...

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