People in this province might spare a thought for Pennsylvania with the release there on Tuesday of a grand jury report that says roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests molested more than 1,000 children in that state since the 1940s.
The Vatican responded on Thursday to the report that hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused more than 1,000 children over decades, saying it felt "shame and sorrow" over these findings.
The Holy See treats very seriously the work of the grand jury and the report it has produced.
The New York Times calls the report the broadest investigation of priest sexual abuse so far by a USA government agency.
Burke, in the statement, described the abuse in the report as 'betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith.
Garabedian, who said he is representing six Pennsylvania church abuse victims, added the "church is going to fight as hard as it can" not to pay any damages.
In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong language for the Holy See even in matters like the long-running abuse scandals staining the US church, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke sought to assure victims that "the pope is on their side".
Pope Francis accepted McCarrick's resignation in July after American church officials said allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy nearly 50 years ago were credible and substantiated.
Michael Rezendes, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting for the Globe on the sexual abuse crisis in Boston, said on the Today Show Wednesday that other attorney generals would find similar results to Pennsylvania if they were to take up the task.
Ruse says, however, that he is aware of several investigations where so-called "lavender seminaries" are under the microscope of those trying to bring an end to the Catholic abuse scandal.
The statement is part of fresh efforts by the Vatican to get on top of a wave of sexual abuse scandals and cover-ups that has threatened to engulf Francis's papacy this year.
Shapiro explained, "Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing, they hid it all for decades".
"The abuses contained in the Pennsylvania grand jury report are, as you know, appallingly familiar", he wrote. Some children suffered the abuse beginning at the ages of 7 and 8, as the report notes. Wuerl helped to protect allegedly abusive priests during his time as bishop of Pittsburgh, according to the report.
More often than not, Canadian parishes deal with serious allegations against their priests through quiet financial settlements that can't be publicly disclosed.
The report accuses Wuerl and Zubik of covering up for a pedophile priest named Ernest Paone, who had left the diocese years before and gone out west. Paone was accused of molesting boys in the 1960s, but when he requested a transfer from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the report says Wuerl and Zubik withheld the information, keeping it in confidential files.