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State Supreme Court holds Pa. clergy abuse report indefinitely

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jun 21, 2018 6:31 AM

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office is still working to get the report released publicly. (Photo by AP)


*This story has been updated*

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has ordered a stay on a much-anticipated grand jury report about sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests in the commonwealth.

It's unclear who filed the appeal that led to the stay. Justices released the decision with little other information.

But in a statement last month, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the only way he wouldn't speak publicly on the report before the end of June was "if one of the bishops or dioceses would seek to delay or prevent this public accounting."

In a new statement, Shapiro said his office is still committed to getting the information out.

The document is hundreds of pages long, and is the result of at least two years of interviews with abuse victims.

It covers six dioceses, and is one of the broadest investigations of clergy abuse in the country.

The court offered no timeline for its review of this latest appeal.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg issued a statement about the latest development:

"The Diocese of Harrisburg has fully cooperated with the Office of the Attorney General. The Diocese and Bishop Gainer strongly support the release of the Grand Jury report and have not filed anything to cause the stay ordered today. However, as we have stated before, it is critical that this Report is accurate." - Spokesman Mike Barley

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg also issued a statement:

"The Diocese of Greensburg supports release of the grand jury report. The Diocese of Greensburg and Bishop Edward C. Malesic did not file a petition with the Pennsylvania


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