Fearing damage to their reputations, unnamed current and retired Catholic clergy members are fighting state Attorney-General Josh Shapiro over the release of a report detailing a grand jury investigation into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses. The state supreme court has granted the plaintiffs a stay while the constitutional details of their objections are sorted out. In the end though, simple justice dictates that the report be made public.
Saturday’s edition saw the final installment of a week-long examination by The Times-Tribune and other Pennsylvania newspapers of the state’s burgeoning opioid epidemic and the overdose victims left in its wake.
Scott Pruitt is only the lead-off batter (not counting departed HHS Secretary Tom Price) in Donald Trump’s very deep lineup of self-serving cabinet members. Having struck out due to an accumulation of ethical and possibly criminal lapses, Pruitt’s followed at the plate by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Abortion is reliably a hot-button issue in heavily Catholic Pennsylvania, and the GOP will no doubt try use it this fall against Sen. Bob Casey. It’s worth remembering, however, that the issue really didn’t help Casey’s two previous opponents, both of whom he soundly defeated.
Certain unknown individuals are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the release of the attorney-general’s investigative grand jury report on sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses.
The Times-Tribune, in cooperation with Associated Press and news organizations across Pennsylvania, begins a seven-day examination of the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as local, state and national efforts to get a grip on the problem.