NJ church says it will cooperate with probe

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey says it will cooperate with a new investigation of sex abuse in the church’s dioceses.

New Jersey Catholic Conference executive director Patrick Brannigan says the group welcomes the investigation and will “cooperate fully.”

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The conference represents the state’s bishops.

New Jersey on Thursday said it would be launching its own investigation of sex abuse by clergy. It followed word that New York had issued subpoenas in a similar investigation there.

The investigations come after a grand jury in Pennsylvania found widespread abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests.