Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bishop Zubik Schedules Service of Apology Mass Will Be Outreach to People Hurt in Any Way by the Church

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bishop Zubik Schedules Service of Apology Mass Will Be Outreach to People Hurt in Any Way by the Church

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Bishop David Zubik had already planned a service of apology for later this month, an outreach to people hurt by the Catholic Church in any way, when events of this week underscored how deep those wounds can go.

The service is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 21 at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, which is the see, or bishop's church, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Casting a long shadow on the service will be Tuesday's release of a state grand jury report that said hundreds of children were raped, sodomized and otherwise abused by more than 50 priests and others associated with the church in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report, which said two previous bishops routinely covered up abuse and did not report perpetrators to authorities, renewed attention to a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church worldwide in recent decades. …

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