Catholic News Agency: Vermont attorney general to investigate Catholic Church abuse

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Vermont attorney general to investigate Catholic Church abuse By Colin Meyn Sep 7 2018 Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan will open an investigation into abuse within Vermont’s Catholic Church, including at the St. Joseph’s orphanage. The announcement comes days after BuzzFeed published a lengthy investigation into horrifying abuses at the Catholic-run facility in Burlington. Get all of VTDigger’s criminal justice news. You’ll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. “We’ll do an investigation,” Donovan said in an interview Friday. “Certainly it will be about the allegations specifically about St. Joseph’s, but my sense is we will also look at some larger issues involved here.” He added that he would hold a press conference with other law enforcement officials next week to give further details about the investigation. “I think we will have more to say Monday morning, but obviously what’s in my …

AP: New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

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New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe Associated Press reporter Michael Catalini contributed to this report from Trenton, New Jersey. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. In New York, the state’s attorney general issued subpoenas to all eight of the state’s Catholic dioceses seeking any and all documents pertaining to allegations, findings from internal church investigations and payments to victims, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly. In New Jersey, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced a new task force that will look at how abuse allegations were handled in the seven dioceses in that state. The investigations come three weeks after a grand jury report found rampant sexual …

CBS This Morning: New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual

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New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual CBS NEWS September 6, 2018, 11:58 PM In the latest inquiry into clergy sexual abuse allegations, New Mexico’s attorney general is launching an investigation and asking all three Catholic dioceses in his state for any material related to allegations of abuse by priests. It follows the scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report last month that revealed more than 300 Catholic priests in that state sexually abused more than 1,000 children over seven decades. The same report found a Pennsylvania bishop sent accused priests to New Mexico for treatment. Attorney General Hector Balderas called his state a “dumping ground” for abusers. “There are numerous, numerous families that are demanding justice. And so what I’m hoping for is that the church understand that they also have an obligation to seek justice by reconciling, providing information to a law enforcement agency,” Balderas told …

Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska attorney general asks 3 Catholic dioceses for 40 years of records on abuse allegations

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Nebraska attorney general asks 3 Catholic dioceses for 40 years of records on abuse allegations By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist Sep 6, 2018 3 Open your files. This is the directive the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office has given to the state’s three Catholic dioceses. It comes in the wake of last month’s scathing grand jury report examining the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, where some 300 priests were found to have abused at least 1,000 minors over the past 70 years. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is not asking Catholic officials to go back that far in their records. He is asking for the past 40 years. In letters sent over the past several days to Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, Lincoln Bishop James Conley and Grand Island Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt, Peterson is requesting any information on claims of sexual exploitation — including incidents of child …