PITTSBURGH – The bishop of Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic diocese to push back against a call for his resignation and said that the diocese has “, followed by each step” needed for a responsible action after allegations of sexual abuse of children.
Bishop David Zubik talked Sunday to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” following Tuesday’s release of a historical overview of widespread sexual abuse of children in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses. The report accused Zubik of the non-reporting of credible allegations.
Zubik said he understands the anger of the people have read the report and “I feel that anger too.” But he said that since he was the bishop in 2007, “we have followed every step that we had to follow to be responsible in our response to the victims.”
Officials, he said, listened to the victims “very carefully” removed priests from the dioceses, turned the accusations over to the proper district attorneys, leave an independent review board looking or a return to the ministry is justified, and, finally, parishioners at the height of the diocese’s actions.
“The church of Pittsburgh today is not the church that is described in the grand jury report,” he said.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called for Zubik to resign and for an end to donations, ” until he steps down or takes proven steps for the protection of children.”
Asked about an assertion in the report that the alleged victim was said after a meeting with Zubik that the diocese would pay for tuition and guidance in exchange for his silence, Zubik said the allegation was made after the person accused of abuse had died, and the diocese has decided, since 2002, “not to do an nda.”
“But we need to be able to say whether the alleged conduct did in fact occur,” he said. “And that was part of the discussion that took place in that specific case.”