Via press release from the Catholic League:
On the website of Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro it boasts that when he was Attorney General of the state he “exposed the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover up of child sexual abuse, identifying over 300 predator priests and thousands of victims and spurring investigation across the United States.”
This is a distorted account of Shapiro’s shameful grand jury investigation of Catholic priests. Shapiro convinced the media that he found evidence of 301 priests who abused more than 1,000 children over a period of seventy years.
This is thrice false (1) not all the alleged offenders were priests (2) most of the alleged victims were adolescents, not children, and (3) the report was not evidentiary—it was investigative—meaning that the accused priests were never given the opportunity to rebut the charges.
Importantly, nothing could be done about most of those who were actually guilty. Almost all the accused were either dead or had been thrown out of the priesthood.
No wonder Shapiro was able to prosecute only two priests. He knew this from the get-go, but he used the report to push for a suspension of the statute of limitations.
Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro’s handling of the grand jury report on Catholic priests was disgraceful. That he is now using it as a campaign weapon makes him all the more contemptible.https://t.co/6QHIyQqLAv pic.twitter.com/Z2uaI9vPr2
— Catholic League (@CatholicLeague) September 6, 2022
Back in 2018 when Shapiro launched a probe into the local Catholic Church having covered up decades of child molestation, the Catholic League’s Bill Donahue called the scandal overblown because it’s not rape if the child isn’t “penetrated.” https://t.co/VPbpo9SPCT
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) October 11, 2021