BREAKING: The Vatican Sex Scandal Shakes Up Local Missourians
Three Missouri Catholic dioceses to let Hawley investigate potential sex crimes
August 23, 2018 By Alisa Nelson
The Catholic dioceses of St. Louis, Kansas City-St. Joseph and Jefferson City are voluntarily allowing the Missouri Attorney General’s office to investigate whether their clergy members have committed sexual abuse. During a press call today, Attorney General Josh Hawley says his office will begin viewing files soon.
Three of Missouri’s four Catholic dioceses to let attorney general investigate potential clergy sex crimes
“We intend to gather extensive evidence from the church, as well as from victims, their families, and other persons. I am firmly of the view that full transparency benefits not only the public, but also the church and most importantly, it will help us expose and address potential wrongdoing and protect the vulnerable from abuse,” he says.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is launching its own independent inquiry going back more than 50 years.