Wisconsin diocese considers investigation of child sex abuse

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MADISON — The Madison, Wisconsin, Diocese is considering an investigation into the number of substantiated allegations against clergy of sexual abuse of minors.

Diocese spokesman Brent King told the State Journal Friday that staff members were taking steps toward launching an investigation and had begun interviewing consultants to review files, but the unexpected death of Bishop Robert Morlino in November put those plans on hold.

The announcement came a day after the Green Bay Diocese announced that an internal investigation revealed that more than 40 of its clergy members had abused minors. The diocese posted the names of the clergy on its website Thursday.

King says the Madison Diocese has been watching closely the growing trend across the United States of investigations by a number of dioceses and religious communities.

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