Catholic Diocese of Owensboro reviewing files amid sexual abuse allegations

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As more claims of sexual abuse by catholic priests are made across the country and the Tri-State, Pope Francis has called for a meeting with bishops.

The conference is set for February 21, 2019 and will be about preventing abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has confirmed two sexual abuse claims from the mid-1940’s and 1962.

Bishop William Medley said they’re reviewing files to find more past allegations.

“If there was someone that was hurt in 1940 or ’50 or ’60 or ’70 or ’80, the church is still obligated to serve them. We want them to come forward. We want them to be an instrument of that healing.”

Bishop Medley said the first part could be done by later this month.

According to the Courier Journal, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will ask lawmakers for permission to form a statewide grand jury to investigate Kentucky’s Catholic dioceses.

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(This story was originally published on September 13, 2018) 

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