Philadelphia – August 14, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning the investigative Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse of children in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. 

Farnese’s comments follow:

“The Grand Jury report includes details of horrendous acts perpetrated by members of the clergy from six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.  Members of the church and the public deserve a full accounting of the abuses, unqualified transparency and accountability. 

“The report is graphic, appalling and chilling.  It was clear from the report that not only were child abusers permitted to continue preying on victims, but church officials were complicit in covering up abuses and hiding abusers.  Incredibly, even when priests wanted to confess, they were not permitted to come forward.  This is egregious.  The actions of church officials in covering up the alleged abuses were outrageous and contemptable.

“Importantly, the Grand Jury report gives victims and families a voice about the abuses, and they deserve to be heard.   My thoughts go out to the victims, their families and all who have had to deal with the abuse over years.  It is now up to law enforcement and the General Assembly to carefully review the report, address the institutional elements that enabled the abuses to be hidden, and develop even more protections for children.”