Another Philadelphia Grand Jury Report Released

Another damning grand jury report has been released in Philadelphia concerning the sexual abuse of minors. The 2003 report was released by The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). The Philadelphia Attorney General’s office noted that the newly released report is an interim report from a grand jury investigation whose 18 month term had expired. A subsequent 2005 report completed the work found in the 2003 version.
While there is nothing substantially new in the 2003 version, it’s important to note the consistency among all three grand jury reports who all found that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia failed to protect young children from predatory priests by refusing to report allegations of abuse to law enforcement authorities. The 2003 report laments this decision and criticizes officials within the Archdiocese for relying on a technicality to not report the sexual abuse to the police.