Sources: State attorney general investigating Catholic Church statewide

Reading Eagle

Staff and wire reports

Several individuals who deal with the issue of child sexual abuse have said the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is investigating the statewide Catholic Church.

The process is apparently similar to the grand jury probe that was convened against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown that concluded with a report released one year ago accusing the diocese of carrying out a decadeslong cover-up to protect pre-dator priests.

The AG’s office will neither confirm nor deny the existence of any grand jury.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Muhlenberg Township Democrat, said he has talked to victims, nuns and priests who have testified before state investigators.

Rozzi does not know when the investigation will conclude, but, in his opinion, “This report is going to be one of the most damning grand jury reports.”

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