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Bishop: Some priests named in report remain in ministry

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 12, 2018 7:53 AM
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The moon rises behind St. Benedict The Moor Catholic church in Pittsburgh. It is one of six Roman Catholic Dioceses that was the focus of a sealed grand jury investigation across Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Pittsburgh) -- The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese says a few priests named in a soon-to-be-released grand jury report are still in ministry because the diocese determined allegations against them to be unsubstantiated.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bishop David Zubik reiterated to reporters Friday that "there is no priest or deacon in an assignment today against whom there was a substantiated allegation of child sexual abuse."

But Zubik said he would be meeting after the report's release with parishioners to explain why the diocese's own review did not substantiate any allegation.

Release of the nearly 900-page report has been held up by challenges by some priests and former priests.

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