Day: August 26, 2021

Bishop addresses sexual abuse complaints against former priest in Diocese of Pittsburgh

In 2014 Charles Appel was “sentenced in federal court to five years imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, on his conviction of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor” (US Justice Department). It is not known whether the diocese took any action to identify possible victims of Appel following his 2014 sentencing.


“We have been given a similar opportunity to demonstrate that lovingkindness and sense of appreciation of the value of our neighbors’ lives. We have the opportunity to live by grace—in humble acknowledgement of the grace we ourselves have received, honestly acknowledging the profligate love that is at the root of such radical acceptance and forbearance.”