Yesterday the long-awaited grand jury report on sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses was finally released, bringing to light decades' worth of abuse cases with over 1,000 victims involving more than 300 priests. The report is devastating and disturbing, and its ramifications continue to unfold. In Cheltenham yesterday afternoon, a gunman opened fire in a Walmart, injuring five. Initial reports of an active shooter rippled through social media, and the suspect was later taken into custody. Both of these stories may be tough to read this morning, for different reasons. Remember to take care of yourself today, Philly.
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Top Roman Catholic leaders in six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses — Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton — routinely covered up child sex abuse by hundreds of priests attacking more than 1,000 victims over seven decades, according to a long-awaited grand jury report released Tuesday.
The extensive document accuses church officials of regularly prioritizing their institution over the welfare of children. More than 300 priests were singled out in the report, though some names remain redacted thanks to an ongoing court fight over the report's findings.
Witnesses described a frantic scene as five people were wounded by gunfire inside a Cheltenham Walmart Tuesday night when a man arguing with another customer grabbed a gun and fired at least 10 shots throughout the store.
The suspected gunman and a woman he was with were taken into custody after crashing their getaway car into a police vehicle a few blocks away, injuring two police officers. None of those struck sustained life-threatening injuries.
In July, a horse trainer who donated her own horse to the Philadelphia Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit ran into him while in Chestnut Hill. When she later visited the mounted unit's barn, she suspected he was malnourished. Last week she took him to two veterinarians who agreed he was underweight.
After she posted about it on Facebook, an investigation was launched and the department's horses have been examined. But, columnist Ronnie Polaneczky asks, why did it take a Facebook post to spur action?
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