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.
While Pennsylvania is still reeling from the findings of the grand jury report into priest sexual abuse throughout the state, Catholic dioceses in other states, including most recently New Jersey, have been conducting their own internal investigations. The latest story involves a list of ten priests who spent their careers in Jesuit schools of New Jersey who have been “credibly” accused of sexual abuse. The list was compiled and released by the USA Northeast Province Jesuits, an organization that represents the Roman Catholic order of priests in north Jersey and several other states.
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.