[Ed. – A terrible situation gets worse. AG Josh Shapiro says his office can’t speak to whether the pope himself knew about it, but can only verify that the Vatican was aware of what was going on.]
Vatican officials knew of efforts to cover-up sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday morning during appearances on two national news shows.
“We have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up,” Shapiro said during an appearance on NBC’s Today show. He said later in the interview that he “can’t speak specifically to Pope Francis.”
Shapiro’s remark appears related to a couple of dozen references to the Vatican in parts of the state grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, along with attached responses from people criticized within the document.
Many of those mentions concerned requests from Pennsylvania church officials to the Vatican that an abusive priest be removed from the priesthood following an allegation of sexual abuse or rape.