• DC attorney general launches investigation into Catholic church

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    WASHINGTON - The attorney general of D.C. told the Washington Post he felt obligated to probe the Catholic church after seeing the "withering set of facts" in Pennsylvania's report.

    Involved in both investigations is Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

    He resigned as the archbishop of D.C. earlier this month, accused of orchestrating a cover-up of clergy sex abuse while he was the head of the Catholic church in Pittsburgh.

    Wuerl's Washington predecessor, former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was removed from ministry in June.

    He's accused of sexually abusing a teenager decades ago while serving as a priest in New York.

    The D.C. attorney general's power is limited.

    Any felony cases have to be handled by the U.S. attorney, so it's unclear if this investigation could lead to any criminal charges.


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