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AG Josh Kaul to launch clergy intercourse abuse probe in all 5 Wisconsin Catholic dioceses | Native Authorities

Attorney General Josh Kaul plans to open an investigation into sexual assault against clergy in the five Catholic dioceses of Wisconsin possibly as early as next week.

The New Zealand Catholic Church officially apologized to survivors of abuse within the church on Friday March 26, saying their systems and culture need to change.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it had received a letter Kaul wrote to the Dioceses of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse and Superior warning them that the Justice Department would be conducting a review.

Justice Department spokeswoman Gillian Drummond declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Thursday, saying only that the agency would make an announcement next week.

Kaul invited representatives of the dioceses to a meeting on Monday to discuss next steps, the newspaper reported. The letter also asked diocesan officials to keep any relevant documents or information.

“I agree with the many clergy abuse survivors and those who support and advocate that a review by our office is necessary to ensure accountability and, ultimately, healing,” wrote Kaul. “I hope you will appreciate this review.”

Clerical sexual abuse survivors and their allies have long urged Kaul to open an investigation. Officials in at least 22 other states in the country have launched similar investigations into sexual misconduct in church hierarchies. With the exception of Superior, all Catholic dioceses in Wisconsin, along with St. Norbert Abbey and the Society of Jesus, have published lists of clergymen with “credible” allegations against them.