NJ lawmaker seeks grand jury to investigate church

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey lawmaker is calling on the state’s attorney general to form a grand jury to investigate potential sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale said Thursday he wants Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to confirm whether “generations of hidden sexual abuse” that came out in a Pennsylvania grand jury report occurred in New Jersey.

Grewal spokeswoman Sharon says the report is being reviewed to determine if action is needed.

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New Jersey Catholic Conference executive director Patrick Brannigan says the church looks forward to talking to Vitale. He added that since 2002 the church sends abuse complaints to law enforcement.

A nearly 900-page grand jury report released this month said more than 300 Catholic priests abused at least a thousand children over 70 years.

For the full grand jury report, see here.


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