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Response to Grand Jury Report, Buildings Renamed

In a letter to the community on Aug. 20, University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., responded to the release of more than 1,300 pages of grand-jury proceedings detailing sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania.

Here is an excerpt from that statement: “With sympathy for and in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Scranton, The University of Scranton will rescind honorary degrees and rename campus buildings recognizing Bishops Jerome D. Hannan, J. Carroll McCormick and James C. Timlin. As documented in the report, these bishops covered up the crimes and misdeeds of men who were under their jurisdiction and placed children in harm’s way.”

Read the entire statement, which includes more information about the renaming of the buildings, here.

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