Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has been accused of covering up the child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, convincing those harmed not to report the incident and enforcing the law not to look into the matter, according to a report released by grand jury on Tuesday.
The report stated that six of state’s eight Catholic districts found a shocking 1,000 identifiable victims, which is the biggest investigation by a government agency in the United States of child abuse in Catholic Church. The report stated that there are around thousand more victims whose record has been erased or lost or maybe they were afraid to speak against the abuse.
The report also identifies a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had been treated for the tonsils, and another priest who was allowed to stay in the ministry after impregnating a girl, while forcing her to have an abortion.
The heinous crimes at the name of religion are totally unacceptable, with a torturous record of more than 15 years, ever since the allegations first came in 2002, the conditions have only continued to move out of the mark. Nevertheless, even after stocking billions in settlements and adding new ways to secure itself from such allegations, the controversy has reached an all-time high and it looks like there is nowhere to hide.
The report by Pennsylvania comes soon after the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former bishop of Washington, who has been sexually accused of abusing young priests and seminars, as well as the minors.
“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the grand jury wrote. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”
The report is a clear reflection of how sex scandals associated to Roman Catholic Church have abused children, and the disciplines are least maintained, as all the priests together work against minors to satisfy their ill deeds.