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The Archdiocese of St. Louis submits its files to the Attorney General's Office to investigate the actions of the Missouri Church against allegations of sexual abuse against members of the clergy.
Archbishop Robert Carlson announced that he would voluntarily open the church files at a press conference on Thursday. Carlson said he had sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Hawley in a letter adding that he was asked by "several letters" he received to achieve more transparency.
"Second," he said, "we have nothing to hide."
Carlson's move follows the recent publication of a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on decades of alleged sexual abuse by more than 300 priests and cover-ups by senior clerics.
Carlson said Hawley will have "unimpeded access" to the archdiocese's voluminous files.
Among the files are records of more than two dozen priests who have been removed from the church, Sandra Price, director of the Children's and Youth Protection Bureau of the Archdiocese, told reporters at The Press Conference
living priests were removed from the priesthood within the archdiocese. She did not specify a timeframe for the moves. Price added that at this time there are no "priests in the priestly service with justified or credible allegations of abuse."
Some of the older priests who were removed from service continue to live in church institutions and receive a scholarship, Carlson told reporters.
The Associate Press reports "Representatives of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the diocese of Jefferson City promised to cooperate with all investigations by the Attorney General."