(ConservativeInsider.org) – The Catholic Church has a difficult history when it comes to allegations of abuse. The Department of Justice (DOJ) spent years investigating, but it appears it’s wrapping up its investigation with just one arrest. However, victims and their advocates are still asking the federal government to do more.
The issues within the Catholic Church made massive headlines in 2018 when a 2-year probe by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled over 1,000 victims of abuse over the past 70 years.
Soon after, US Attorney William McSwain investigated bishops in Pennsylvania, eventually turning up one arrest. Fox 29 Philly shares more:
U.S. Attorney William McSwain sent subpoenas to bishops across Pennsylvania asking them to turn over their files and submit to grand jury testimony if asked. The FBI interviewed at least six accused priests, court files show. https://t.co/49TQLkoJ6v
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) December 13, 2020
On March 22, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wrote to McSwain that the “extraordinarily thorough” investigation was “on the wind down.” Many of the harrowing reports produced during the investigations could not be prosecuted due to expired statutes of limitations.
While it seems like most attorneys are unable to render justice in this case, advocates will not stop pushing for prosecution against the Catholic Church. Some hope for a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case, accusing the church of being a criminal organization.
While the current chapter of allegations against the Church is closing, it wouldn’t be surprising if we continue to hear about the horrific abuses that occurred within its halls.
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