An investigation is underway into whether the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington violated the law when it covered up the sexual abuse of minors, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has said.
Racine told CNN via a statement that while his office seldom talks publicly about their “confidential enforcement activity,” he could say that “our office has launched a civil investigation into whether the Archdiocese — which is a nonprofit institution — violated the District’s Nonprofit Act by potentially covering up allegations of sexual abuse of minors.”
“According to the law, nonprofits are required to work for a public purpose; if they are in fact covering up child sex abuse, that is clearly not in the public interest,” Racine added in the statement to CNN on Tuesday.
The attorney general’s office also launched an online form on Tuesday wherein alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests can submit a complaint.
“[The Office of the Attorney General] also has the authority to bring criminal charges against mandated reporters who fail to report instances of abuse or neglect under the District’s mandated reporting law,” stated the webpage.
In August, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a 1,300-page report detailing how 301 priests abused over 1,000 children over the past several decades and how the hierarchy shielded the perpetrators from accountability and covered up their crimes.
The report garnered many headlines and calls for change within the Catholic Church, with several states announcing that they were launching investigations into their Catholic dioceses.
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Source: Christian Post