Editorial: Diocese still closing ranks on child sexual abuse / The Tribune Democrat

Victims advocate Robert Hoatson said he sees a ‘dome’ of secrecy over the region of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown – a phenomenon that allowed priests to sexually abuse children for decades without fear of legal retribution.

“The diocese’s ongoing actions show that it remains intent on controlling the message surrounding the mistreatment of children – despite a March 1 report from the state attorney general’s office that accused 50 priests and other clergy members of abusing children in their care, protected by bishops who moved the offenders from parish to parish rather than exposing them to criminal charges.”

By The Tribune Democrat Editorial Board — Click here to read the rest of this editorial.

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