St. Louis archdiocese agrees to open files to AG's office

AP News Staff
August 23, 2018 - 4:51 pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says the Archdiocese of St. Louis has agreed to open its files for an investigation of potential clergy abuse.

Hawley told reporters in a teleconference Thursday that he is asking the three other Catholic dioceses in Missouri to similarly open their files. Representative of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Diocese of Jefferson City pledged cooperation with any investigation by the attorney general.

A message seeking comment from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was not immediately returned.

Hawley's announcement came amid renewed concerns that followed the release of a report in Pennsylvania citing abuse of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of priests since the 1940s, along with cover-up by church leaders.

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