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State Officials Investigate Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy : July 28, August 14, and September 6, 2018
State Officials Investigate Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy
Linda Grimm

For decades, the Catholic Church has been beset with scandal over allegations of child sexual abuse by priests worldwide. In the United States, such allegations have drawn increased attention since 2002, when the Boston Globe published a series of reports detailing clerical sexual abuse in Massachusetts and church officials’ efforts to hide it and keep victims quiet. Sixteen years later, an investigation by a Pennsylvania grand jury brought fresh attention to the controversy. The panel’s findings of widespread clerical sexual abuse and church cover-ups spurred officials in at least a dozen other states and the ...

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