On Friday, a retired priest in Pittsburgh was arrested for the sexual abuse of a child back in the early 2000s. Reverend Hugh Lang served at St. Therese of Lisieux in Munhall, Pennsylvania during the time of the abuse. He assaulted a 10-year-old boy while the child was undergoing altar service training in June 2001. The 88-year-old former priest turned himself in after the grand jury report investigation revealed the accusations against him. When the allegations arose, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh placed Lang on administrative leave, and he cannot associate himself with the priesthood or identify as a clergy member.
Recently, the Pope urged priests to turn themselves in if they engaged in the sexual abuse of a child and promised that the Catholic church will never hide clergy abuse from the public again. He also urged abuse survivors to share their stories without fear. The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report strengthened the resolve of many survivors to do so and fight against the years of trauma and injustice they endured.
If you faced abuse by a clergy member in your youth, we will listen to your story without judgment and advise you on how to file a claim. Please call our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. We serve clients throughout Allentown, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Greensburg, Johnstown, Erie, and Wilkes-Barre from our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.