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Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese plans to release names of clergy members accused of child sex abuse

A letter from Bishop David Zubik will be read at all Masses this weekend in all parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in anticipation of the release of the grand jury report.

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The grand jury report has identified more than 300 so-called predator priests across six dioceses in Pennsylvania.

In the letter, Zubik shares his concern for the victims of sexual abuse and announced he intends to release the names of all clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor once the grand jury report is made public.

He said "he met with victims of sexual abuse" and "witnessed the lasting damage."

The letter says nearly 90 percent of the reported cases in the diocese happened before 1990.

The diocese said it will continue to pray for the victims and offer assistance wherever possible.