Diocese of Greensburg Priest Pleads No Contest After Sexually Assaulting an Altar Boy

A Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Greensburg pleaded no contest Monday to charges of sexually assaulting an altar boy multiple times between 2004 and 2007 at a Fayette County church, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. Andrew Kawecki, 66, was charged by state AG’s office in August 2020 with multiple offenses after … Read more

Pittsburgh Priest Charged With Assaulting 8-Year-Old Boy

A former priest-administrator at several Roman Catholic parishes in Allegheny County has been charged with twice sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy who was preparing for his first Holy Communion, police said. The Rev. Robert J. Cedolia, 70, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and related offenses for alleged sexual assaults that occurred … Read more

Pittsburgh Diocese Faces Wave of Abuse Litigation

Twenty-eight people initiated legal actions against the Diocese of Pittsburgh on Thursday, cresting a wave of recent claims filed across the state against Roman Catholic dioceses in advance of Friday’s two-year anniversary of a landmark grand jury report into sexual abuse by priests. Pittsburgh attorney Alan Perer said he was filing Thursday on behalf of … Read more

Nine Victims Sue Pittsburgh Diocese Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

Nine plaintiffs filed suit Wednesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, alleging past sexual abuse by seven of its priests. The lawsuit was filed in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas by eight individuals and the estate of a ninth, all identified by initials. They are represented by Harrisburg attorney Benjamin Andreozzi, who has … Read more

Judge Denies Diocese Access to Needy Children’s Fund to Pay Abuse Claims

Judge shuts-down Bishop Zubik’s attempt to raid needy children’s fund to pay for sexual abuse A judge has denied a petition by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to use an $8 million-plus fund for needy children to help pay compensation for victims of sexual abuse by priests. Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Judge Lawrence J. … Read more

Pittsburgh Diocesan Lawyer Raises Possibility of Using Needy Children’s Fund to Pay Sexual Abuse Settlements

An attorney for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh raised the prospect of bankruptcy in a court hearing Friday over whether the church can use a trust fund for needy children, worth more than $8 million, toward compensating victims of sexual abuse by priests. Attorney Robert Ridge said during a hearing in Allegheny County Orphans … Read more

Former Franciscan Leaders Face Criminal Charges For Enabling Friar Who Abused More Than 100 Children

Hours of testimony and legal jousting led to a quick conclusion Wednesday afternoon when a judge ordered three Franciscan priests to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children for their oversight of a sexually abusive friar. Blair County District Judge Paula Aigner made the ruling without elaborating after a prosecutor … Read more

Pittsburgh Diocese Wants to Use Needy Children Funds to Pay Sexual Abuse Claims

The office of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro is pressing its opposition to a bid by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to draw money from a $8 million-plus trust fund, dedicated to needy children, to pay compensation to adult victims of sexual abuse. State law does not “allow a charitable trust to be terminated to … Read more

New Wheeling Bishop Pledges To Address Scandal

Bishop Mark Brennan entered the Cathedral of St. Joseph amid all the pomp, procession and fanfare typical of a bishop’s installation. Less typically, he wasted little time in naming the elephant in the cathedral, acknowledging the alienation of many West Virginia Catholics in the wake of sexual and financial scandals that brought an abrupt end … Read more