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Iowa Attorney General gathering information on clergy abuse


This news story was published on November 16, 2018.
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DES MOINES – Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller said this month that his office is gathering information on clergy abuse and meeting with bishops and survivors of abuse.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office released the following statement on Thursday:

Our office is gathering information about clergy abuse in Iowa and examining our options. Attorney General Tom Miller is appalled by the cases of abuse and coverup uncovered by the Pennsylvania investigation, as well as cases in Iowa that have gone unreported.

We expect all dioceses in Iowa to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to preserve documents related to abuse and personnel. To learn more about how the Catholic leadership handles abuse claims, the attorney general has met with Bishop Richard Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines, and he plans to meet with the other Catholic bishops in Iowa. In addition, our office has met with survivors of abuse by Catholic priests and gathered information from other abuse survivors.

We invite survivors of clergy abuse to contact our office if they’d like to share their experiences. Victims of all kinds of crime can also get support, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, through the Iowa Crime Victims Helpline (1-800-770-1650 or text “IOWAHELP” to 20121).

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2 Responses to Iowa Attorney General gathering information on clergy abuse

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hold the church fully accountable if they knew about the clergy members abuse, especially if they are moved to hide it. They are not a business, throw a few leaders in peison to show them they are not above the law. God says to abide by the laws of the land, yet how often does the church bend or break the law and get away with it?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Catholic is a cult keep your kids away from them.