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Greensburg Diocese Priest Arrested and Charged With Sexual Assault

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Authorities on Wednesday arrested a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Greensburg on charges that he sexually assaulted an altar boy on multiple occasions from 2004 to 2007, beginning when the alleged victim was 11. The Rev. Andrew Kawecki surrendered to agents of the office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro in Fayette County, where […]

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Pittsburgh Diocese Faces Wave of Abuse Litigation

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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 […]

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Nine Victims Sue Pittsburgh Diocese Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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New Wheeling Bishop Pledges To Address Scandal

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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 […]