The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward.
"The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership", CNN quoted Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, the Pope's top adviser on sexual abuse, as saying on Thursday.
This summer Chile has been investigating 158 members of the country´s Catholic Church for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents.
"The overarching goal in all of this is stronger protections against predators in the Church and anyone who would hide them, protections that will hold bishops to the highest standards of transparency and accountability", Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement. "These are priests who have contributed immensely not only to the growth of the church but to the development of the country as well", Secillano said.
"I don't know how they are going to work that out", Ingala said in a telephone interview.
The eight diocese of Pennsylvania.
"Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these awful crimes: shame and sorrow", said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican's Press Office. The most famous and wide-reaching report in recent history came from the Boston Globe's Spotlight team, which in 2002 unveiled the systemic child abuse and coverups within the Archdiocese of Boston.
A couple of dioceses chose to strip the accused of their anonymity ahead of the report and released the names of clergy members who were accused of sexual misconduct.
In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People expressed sorrow over the Pennsylvania findings and said: "We are committed to work in determined ways so that such abuse can not happen". The grand jury recommends eliminating the criminal statute of limitation entirely for such crimes. Current law gives child sex abuse victims 12 years to sue, once they turn 18.
A flood of calls to a hotline for victims set up by the state attorney general's office then prompted it to turn its attention to six other dioceses - Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton - under a new grand jury. The only recourse was to recommend changes to the law and expose what had happened to make sure such widespread abuse was never repeated.
The report emphasized the scale and ubiquity of the abuse. Additionally, future agreements should state contact with police about criminal activity is permitted.