New York state attorneys have subpoenaed Roman Catholic dioceses in a sweeping investigation against pedophiles. Fox News reports:
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of an investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations, a law enforcement source told The Associated Press on Thursday
The subpoenas seek documents relating to abuse allegations, payments to victims and findings from internal church investigations. Underwood’s office is pursuing a civil investigation into the church’s response to abuse reports, and has also reached out to local prosecutors authorized to convene grand juries or pursue criminal investigations.
The subpoenas were issued to the Archdiocese of New York in New York City, as well as dioceses in Albany, Brooklyn, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Ogdensburg and Rockville Centre.
“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover-ups in the dioceses,” Underwood said in a statement. “Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well — and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve.”
This is a huge move that could potentially uncover more disturbing allegations against the Church.