Pennsylvania’s two-year investigation into sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic church revealed myriad disturbing details of abuse by hundreds of priests going back several decades.
Among the more horrific examples was a “ring of predatory priests” in Pittsburgh who shared victims among themselves, produced child pornography within rectories and parishes, and marked their victims as potential targets for other clergy by giving them gold crosses to wear.
> During the course of the grand jury investigation, it uncovered a 'ring of predatory priests' within the Diocese of Pittsburgh who "shared intelligence" regarding victims, exchanged the victims amongs themselves and manufactured child pornography. The group included George Zirwas, Francis Pucci, Robert Wolk and Richard Zula, and they used whips, violence and sadism in raping their victims.
> One victim, who is identified as "George," was made to get up on a bed. As the priests watched, they asked George to remove his shirt. Drawing on the image of Christ on the cross, they asked George to remove his pants. The priests began taking Polaroid pictures of him.
George told the grand jury that his photo was added to a collection of similar pictures of other teenage boys.
The priests also had a group of favorite boys, George said, and they would take those boys on trips and give them gifts.
> In the report, the grand jury said, the crosses "were a designation that these children were victims of sexual abuse. They were a signal to other predators that the children had been desensitized to sexual abuse and were optimal targets for further victimization."