New York and New Jersey probe Catholic clergy abuse allegations

New York and New Jersey probe Catholic clergy abuse allegations (Source fox5ny.com)

The attorneys general in New York and New Jersey have launched investigations into sex abuse allegations against Catholic priests. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state. Her office is pursuing a civil investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations. She has also authorized local prosecutors to convene grand juries to pursue criminal investigations, if necessary. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement that the dioceses are “ready and eager to work together with [Underwood] in the investigation.” (The state’s eight dioceses are the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Albany, Brooklyn, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Ogdensburg and Rockville Centre.)

In July, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigned and retreated into seclusion after he was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians when he was the archbishop of Newark. Then three weeks ago, a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania found that about 300 priests sexually abused more than a thousand children.

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