The 900-plus-page report was made public on Tuesday by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose predecessor empaneled the grand jury in 2016 to look into allegations of child molestation and other sexual abuse.
“The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid scandal,” says the report. “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.”
The jury looked into the claims in eight dioceses in Pennsylvania, covering more than half of the state’s 3.2 million Catholics: Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg. The archdiocese of Philadelphia and the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown were subjects of an earlier report. read more…
Marama Davidson, the co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party, made headlines when she repeatedly used the C-word during a public event on Friday.
After being grilled by some fellow MPs over what was branded as her “terribly degrading”language, Davidson doubled down on her stance saying: “I stand by using that word. That word is a powerful word for women and shouldn’t be used as abuse,” Davidson told Newshub.
“I think it’s a word that we have to disarm and reclaim.” read more…
‘I thought she was 15’: Accused pedophile priest says ‘the devil’ made him molest a child
Father Paolo Glaentzer, 70, was arrested last month for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl in a car. The court did not jail the priest, but he is currently being held on house arrest as an investigation continues.
The disgraced priest told an Italian newspaper that he is “very sorry” about what happened, but argued that “the devil tripped me” into abusing the girl.
Glaentzer said that the encounter was “an exchange of affection” that got out of control, and added that the victim seemed “much more mature than she was.”
“I found out she was 11 years old…I thought she was at least 15,” he told the newspaper. Even if Glaentzer’s victim was 15, the priest would still have broken the law. Italy’s age of consent is 16 when one partner holds some kind of power and influence over the other, like a priest or teacher does. read more…