Source: NBC Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office has evidence that the Vatican knew about the cover-up of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church, but said he couldn’t verify whether Pope Francis had direct knowledge of the crimes by priests.
Shapiro told NBC’s “Today” show during an interview Tuesday that the grand jury unearthed handwritten notes detailing the abuse stored in secret archives. He said clergymen were compelled by Cardinal Law to document “all of it,” calling the policy “inexplicable.”
“Church leaders would lie to parishioners on Sunday, they would lie to the public, they would shield these predators from the public but they would document all of it and place it in these secret archives, feet away from the bishops,” Shapiro said.