Philly feds investigating clergy sex abuse tell nation’s bishops: Don’t destroy records
Federal prosecutors investigating decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church have turned their attention to the professional organization for U.S. bishops, signaling a potential widening of their unprecedented probe beyond Pennsylvania.
In a letter sent by Philadelphia-based investigators earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was ordered to preserve documents that may be of interest to the probe and to instruct its staff and all member bishops in the U.S. to do the same. The request did not compel the organization to turn over any records.
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