Kentucky lawmaker pushes for investigation into Catholic church sex abuse allegations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WLKY) - A state lawmaker is working with the local archdiocese to promote transparency regarding priests accused of child sex abuse.

Rep. Jim Wayne is sponsoring legislation that would make it easier for the attorney general to investigate sex abuse allegations against priests statewide.

Wayne is a lifelong Catholic who is retiring in January. He is encouraging Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to endorse the proposed law and future investigation.

"What this legislation will enable the (attorney general) to do is take his subpoena power and go into every nook and cranny and secret file and go into every chancery in the state and pull out every record," Wayne said.

In 2008, the Archdiocese of Louisville paid nearly $26 million to 243 victims who experienced sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. The most well-known abusive ex-priest, Louis Miller, died in prison in 2017.



 
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