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New York’s attorney general starts hotline, issues subpoenas on sexual abuse in Catholic Church

New York's Attorney General's Office issued subpoenas Thursday to all the Catholic dioceses in the state over how they have handled sexual abuses cases, and the office started a hotline to get tips from the public.

The subpoenas went to the seven dioceses and one archdiocese in New York as Attorney General Barbara Underwood has ordered a civil investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The tip line will hopefully further the effort, she said, citing rampant abuse recently found in Pennsylvania.

“The Pennsylvania grand jury report shined a light on incredibly disturbing and depraved acts by Catholic clergy, assisted by a culture of secrecy and cover ups in the dioceses," Underwood said in a statement.

"Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well — and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve.”

In a statement, a spokesman for the New York archdiocese said it and the state's seven other dioceses would cooperate with Underwood's investigation.

“While we have not yet seen a subpoena, it is not a surprise to us that the attorney general would look to begin a civil investigation, and she will find the Archdiocese of New York, and the other seven dioceses in the state, ready and eager to work together with her in the investigation," spokesman Joseph Zwilling said.

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