Clergy Abuse Pittsburgh Diocese
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tomorrow marks two years since a scathing grand jury report laid out in nauseating detail decades of the sexual abuse of underage victims at the hands of the clergy.
“People in Pittsburgh couldn’t believe that something like that did and could happen here,” said Gretchen Jezerc.
Out of the shock and shame, Bishop David Zubik proposed bold new action, including support for victims, great financial transparency and increased accountability.
At the time Zubik said: “This is a new day. One of the things I said is the church cannot remain the same as it was.”
But the laity group Concerned Catholics for Change in Our Church, which has called for more lay involvement in church affairs, says the diocese has fallen short.
“I think it’s fair to say we are disappointed overall in the progress that’s been made,” Jezerc said.
Tomorrow, the group will issue a report card giving poor marks in victim support, financial transparency and lay oversight with an overall grade of C minus in partnering with the laity.