'Spotlight' Reporter on PA Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal: It's a 'Systemic Problem'
Rezendes: the story now goes to the Vatican.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes said that he wasn't surprised by the bombshell sexual abuse scandal around the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.
It was announced Tuesday that hundreds of priests in the state sexually abused more than 1,000 children over a 70-year period, according to a grand jury report.
Rezendes, a member of the Boston Globe's Spotlight team that exposed the church's sexual abuse cover-up in the city, said that Tuesday's announcement was nearly identical to the one he investigated.
"This is a systemic problem within the Catholic Church," he said on "The Daily Briefing."
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro emphasized at a press conference that while the list of priests involved is long, there are likely more to be named.
"We don't think we got them all," he said.
According to the report, one priest was even recommended for a job at Walt Disney World despite his monsignor's knowledge of his alleged wrongdoings.
Rezendes added that priests who have molested children are typically transferred to other dioceses, and it is in fact part of the overall cover-up.
"This is standard operating procedure," said Rezendes, whose team's reporting was featured in a 2015 movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Bishop David Zubik, who leads the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, responded to the shocking report Tuesday and said a cover-up wasn't going on.
“There was no cover up going on,” Zubik said. “I think that it’s important to be able to state that."
Rezendes disputed that, saying "of course" a cover-up was taking place, adding Pope Francis has shown a "large blind spot" on this issue.
"I think where the story goes now is the Vatican," he said.
Watch the segment above.