Madison, Wis., Apr 23, 2021 / 16:26 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul will launch an investigation of sexual abuse in the state's five Catholic dioceses, and at least three religious orders.
In a letter addressed separately to the Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse and Superior dioceses obtained by CNA, Kaul warned them that the state Department of Justice will be conducting a review, and convoked representatives to an online meeting to be held April 26.
"I am writing to inform you that the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be conducting a review of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy and other faith leaders in Wisconsin," said the letter signed by Kaul, a Democrat.
"I agree with many survivors of clergy abuse, and those who support and have advocated for them, that a review from our office is necessary to provide accountability and ultimately, healing. I hope you will welcome that review," Kaul stated.
"Please immediately take all steps necessary to preserve any documents or information that may be relevant to the review,” the letter added.