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Catholic board seeks parishioner-led abuse investigation

August 28, 2018

A committee created in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese nearly two decades ago says it’s time for lay Catholics to take over investigating the crisis.

The National Review Board says Catholic bishops can’t be trusted to independently investigate allegations. They say the church continues to suffer from a top-down mentality that allows abuse to happen and for allegations to be hidden from the public.

But victims of clergy sex abuse say the board’s push for a laity-led investigation is a sham and only a criminal investigation like the one conducted recently in Pennsylvania will truly expose the extent of the problem.

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