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Baltimore Archbishop apologizes for results in Pennsylvania grand jury's child sex abuse report

Posted at 5:28 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 05:48:45-04

The archbishop of Baltimore apologizes for the results of a scathing report about child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. 

A grand jury in Pennsylvania put together the report over the past two years. The late Baltimore Cardinal William Keeler was named in the report. 

He's accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests. Investigators say Keeler allowed a former priest who had been accused of sexual assault in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to come in to the Baltimore Archdiocese. Keeler was a bishop in Harrisburg from 1983-1989. 

The report names more than 300 priests accused of abuse by more than 1,000 victims. 

Archbishop William Lori posted a reflection video apologizing for what was found. He asked for forgiveness of the people named in the report and the victims who came forward. 

"I simply ask for your prayers," Lori said. "As hard as we may have tried in the past to deal with this, we might deal with it a whole lot better going forward." 

Victims of sexual abuse by priests in Maryland and their supporters are pushing for Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh to begin an investigation similar to the one in Pennsylvania. 

A spokesman for Frosh's office told WMAR-2 News they don't confirm or deny investigations or speculate whether they are taking place.