Catholic Church and Puerto Rico officials at odds in widening sex abuse investigation

March 12, 2014 4:55 AM

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Catholic Church and Puerto Rico officials at odds in widening sex abuse investigation

ARECIBO, Puerto Rico – First, the Catholic Church announced it had defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse in the Puerto Rican town of Arecibo. Then, local prosecutors disclosed that at least 11 other priests on the island were under investigation for similar accusations.

Now, as U.S. authorities acknowledge that they, too, are looking into abuse allegations by priests on this devoutly Catholic island, many are reeling from revelations of abuse involving some of the U.S. territory's most beloved clerics.

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