Cardinal: New Jersey will release names of accused priests

Newark Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin speaks during a prayer service for New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Newark Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin speaks during a prayer service for New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey’s highest-ranking cleric says the Catholic church will release the names early next year of priests credibly accused of abusing children.

Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin also announced Monday the church will establish a fund to compensate victims of clergy abuse in New Jersey, including in cases where the legal statute of limitations has expired.

New Jersey’s attorney general is conducting an investigation into the clergy abuse scandal.

The investigation comes on the heels of a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that concluded more than 1,000 children had been abused over a span of decades by about 300 priests.

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