Diocese of Allentown Rebuts Statements by Attorney General

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro criticized Bishop Alfred Schlert’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis in a Sept. 25 visit to the newsroom of the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Click on the headline above to read a summary of Shapiro’s specific criticisms, along with responses from the Diocese of Allentown.

Diocese responds to criticism from Attorney General

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro gave a newspaper interview today that criticized Bishop Alfred Schlert’s handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Click on the headline for the Diocese’s response to The Allentown Morning Call.

Questions for the Bishop

Question: Can you explain how perverted sexual predators of children can also have a calling to the priesthood? Those two things are in total contradiction. Answer: Honestly, no, I cannot understand how any priest could commit such an abhorrent and unholy act. I believe Satan knows that the best way to attack the Church is through the Priesthood, by corrupting individual priests.... Click on the headline above to read the whole answer.

St. Jerome Regional School Blesses New Educational Facility

After months of planning, meetings and projects, St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua blessed and dedicated its new educational facility to accommodate the school’s growing enrollment and to improve its mission “to live fearlessly through faith.”

Pennsylvania’s Bishops Pledge Support for Independent Sex Abuse Survivors’ Compensation Program

Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert and the other Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania issued the following statement this afternoon. Click on the headline above to read the statement.

Diocese Clarifies Information on Nave Lawsuit Settlement

A Florida lawyer, acting on behalf of a victim in Virginia who made allegations against Monsignor Francis Nave, sued Nave, the Diocese and Bishop Alfred Schlert. The settlement paid by the Diocese involved only the part of the suit against the Diocese and the Bishop.

Faithful Across Diocese Gather for Day of Prayer and Reparation

“I pray that the efforts of so many throughout our Diocese bring healing to all those who are hurting,” said Monsignor William Glosser.

Statement on Removal of Diocesan Priest

The Diocese of Allentown has received an allegation of sexual misconduct against Monsignor Edward Sacks dating back to the 1970s when he was assigned to the former Holy Name High School, Reading.

Church Sexual Abuse Incidents Have Declined in Recent Decades

Incidents of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have declined sharply since their peak in the 1970s and 1980s, according to two national studies.

Response to lawsuit: Diocese already has reported allegations to law enforcement

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the eight Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding that they release information about allegations of clergy sexual abuse. The Diocese of Allentown already has reported to law enforcement every allegation of clergy sexual abuse of which it is aware, and the Diocese published a list of all Diocesan Priests against whom there have been credible allegations of abuse of minors. Click on headline above for link to list.