Diocese of Lincoln responds to Attorney General's subpoena

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 8:04 AM CST
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The Diocese of Lincoln said it is reviewing a subpoena from the Nebraska Attorney General.

On February 26, the Attorney General's Office announced they have subpoenaed more than 400 Roman Catholic churches and institutions in the state seeking any records related to child sexual assault or abuse.

In a statement, the Diocese of Lincoln said they have voluntarily cooperated with the ongoing investigation since it was announced last September.

The office says the Nebraska Department of Justice appreciates the churches' voluntary cooperation, but believes "subpoenas are necessary in order to ensure all reports of impropriety have been submitted to the appropriate authorities."

The full statement from the Diocese of Lincoln's full statement reads:
"Today, the Nebraska Attorney General issued a press release regarding its statewide investigation of the Catholic Dioceses in Nebraska. According to the press release, more than 400 subpoenas were issued to churches and other Catholic institutions across the state. The Diocese has voluntarily cooperated with the investigation since it was announced last September, and pledged its ongoing support to stop criminal behavior by predators. The Diocese of Lincoln is reviewing the subpoena it received today."