The recent changeover in state attorney generals will not interrupt ongoing investigations into clergy abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses around the country. Offices in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Florida, and Delaware which will be lead by new AGs have also reported some of the highest levels priest abuse. And at least 14 attorney generals around the country have confirmed that they are conducting investigations into clergy abuse in their states in the wake of Pennsylvania’s shocking grand jury report, which made international headlines this summer.
The Catholic Church continues to deal with the fallout from this summer’s shocking grand jury investigation into allegations of rampant sexual abuse by clergy members in several dioceses throughout Pennsylvania. In the latest update, two survivors of alleged child sexual abuse have sued the Philadelphia Archdiocese in order to obtain records of misconduct by priests, along with their work histories.
The Philadelphia Diocese of the Catholic Church has announced that it has created a compensation fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse. The new reparations plan, announced yesterday, will be called the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations program, and will be run by a team responsible for a similar fund in New York.
Pennsylvania Attorney General handling the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the state has created a hotline for victims, and the phone is ringing off the hook. The office has received more than a thousand calls, following the naming of more than one thousand victims in the infamous August grand jury report describing widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests throughout Pennsylvania.
Many are wondering if a scandal of even greater proportions than in Pennsylvania will emerge in New Jersey, which has one of the largest populations of Catholics in the country. Attorney generals in New York and New Jersey have already set up hotlines for individuals who would like to speak with investigators and report instances of sexual abuse.