CRANBERRY TWP — Catholics who want answers from their religious leaders may find them at St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church Thursday night.
Bishop David Zubik is holding one of four “listening sessions” at 7 p.m. at the church, 2535 Rochester Road.
The first such session happened last week at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Various Pittsburgh media reported that several people were able to directly question Zubik, and that still more were asked to write their questions and contact information on cards to be handled later.
The Rev. Joseph Feltz, 65, who was recently placed on administrative leave by the Pittsburgh Diocese, brought the number of priests with Butler County ties who have sexual abuse accusations against them to 19. That figure includes priests both living and dead.
Eighteen of those priests’ accusations were detailed in a wide-reaching grand jury report in August. The report detailed accusations of sexual assault and rape against Catholic clergyman in Pennsylvania.
Zubik’s superior, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned his position in response to the outrage resulting from the report and North Catholic High School in Cranberry was renamed.
Zubik, like many higher ranking Catholics, is named repeatedly in the report as it details how church administration dealt with both accusations and apparently predatory priests.