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NJ lawmaker seeks grand jury to investigate church

August 30, 2018 - 4:49 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A  New Jersey lawmaker is calling on the state's attorney general to form a grand jury to investigate potential sex abuse in the Catholic Church. 
 
Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale said Thursday he wants Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to confirm whether ``generations of hidden sexual abuse'' that came out in a Pennsylvania grand jury report occurred in New Jersey. 
 
Grewal spokesman Peter Aseltine said this month the report is being reviewed to determine if action is needed. 
 
Vitale says he wants to meet with Newark Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin. A message left with the archdiocese was not immediately answered. 
 
A nearly 900-page grand jury report released this month said more than 300 Catholic priests abused at least a thousand children over the past seven decades in six Pennsylvania dioceses.