New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Missouri are all investigating sex crimes covered up by the Catholic church. The investigations come in the wake of a Pennsylvania investigation that turned up over 300 abusive priests and over 1000 child victims.
Here is a taste of Julie Zauzmer’s and Michelle Boorstein’s piece at The Washington Post:
The results of such state probes could cause many U.S. Catholics to leave the church, as happened after a national probe in Ireland, where the Catholic Church was literally part of the government. Hamilton noted that Scotland’s government also ran a national probe, as did Germany, Sweden, Japan. A commission by the Australian government ran a years-long investigation that just ended this year.
“People are much less inclined to belong to institutions that are suspect,” Merz said. “There’s no doubt that a lot of people have left because of doubting the integrity of this particular institution.”
Read the entire piece here.