Pennsylvania investigated Catholic church sex abuse. Why can’t Kentucky?

Louisville Courier Journal

September 25, 2018

By Caitlin McGlade

Two Kentucky lawmakers say they will introduce legislation that would enable a sweeping statewide investigation of the Catholic Church.

The Legislature will decide next session whether to authorize special statewide grand juries like the one in Pennsylvania that recently exposed rampant sex crimes across six dioceses.

The Pennsylvania report, which found that church leaders protected more than 300 “predator priests,” highlighted the need for action here, the Attorney General’s office said.

Pennsylvania law allows its attorney general to convene statewide grand jury investigations while Kentucky’s does not.

Jefferson County Democrats Jim Wayne and Jeffery Donohue said Tuesday they will pre-file a bill to fix that. Wayne is retiring so Donohue will carry it through the session that convenes in January.

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