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TIMELINE | Catholic Diocese Grand Jury report set to be released today. The case so far:

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**LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO**

After a lengthy battle in the courts, the grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse against children in six Catholic dioceses across the state will be released today at 2 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the report be made public by today’s deadline after initially blocking Attorney General Josh Shapiro from releasing the document back in June.

STATE SUPREME COURT BLOCKS RELEASE OF GRAND JURY REPORT INTO CATHOLIC DIOCESE SEX ABUSE

The report concludes a two-year long investigation into alleged abuse and subsequent cover up in the Catholic church in dioceses in Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.

Pennsylvania’s highest court said they initially held up the release as a result of charges filed by individuals named in the report. The Associated Press reported in June that the individuals listed in the grand jury report claimed they were “discussed in a way that would violate reputational rights guaranteed by the state constitution.”

In July, the state Supreme Court announced they would allow the grand jury report to be released, but with names of priests and others who challenged it redacted.

COURT: PROBE FOUND OVER 300 ‘predator priests’ IN 6 DIOCESES

The report identifies more than 300 “predator priests” among the six dioceses.

On August 1, the Diocese of Harrisburg released a list of names of clergy accused of sexually abusing children since the 1940s as a result of an internal investigation.

HBG DIOCESE RELEASES LIST OF ACCUSED PRIESTS, LIFTS GAG ORDER RELATED TO CHILD SEX ABUSE

Of the 71 priests named:

  • 37 were priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg
  • 3 were deacons of the Diocese
  • 6 were seminaries of the Diocese
  • 9 were clergy of other dioceses
  • 16 were from religious communities

Bishop Ronald Gainer said he "felt it was critical to get this information out to the public and our parishioners as soon as possible" while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a stay of the Grand Jury's full report.

The Harrisburg Diocese also launched a new Safe Environment program, complete with procedures and guidelines for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy and other church employees.

NEW LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST HARRISBURG PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

In the last week, an additional lawsuit was file against one of the priests named in the Harrisburg Diocese report.

The civil suit claims John Allen sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy between 1999 and 2002.

The suit goes on to claim that the diocese knew about the allegations against Allen, who served in Lancaster, Lebanon, and Harrisburg, but continue to let him work in the church.

Attorney’s are working to find Allen to question him about the alleged abuse.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on Twitter Monday that he will hold a press conference at 2:01 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the findings of the Grand Jury report.

AG to discuss results of Catholic Diocese Grand Jury report



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