Police execute search warrant at Catholic Diocese of Dallas: report

Police execute search warrant at Catholic Diocese of Dallas: report
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Police Wednesday executed a search warrant at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, CNN reported.

Spokeswoman for the Texas Catholic diocese Annette Gonzales Taylor confirmed that police searched the headquarters of the organization.

The investigation is connected to the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal, police told CNN.

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Amid sweeping revelations about the scope of rampant child sexual abuse in the church, all Catholic dioceses in Texas released the names of all clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in past decades in January.

At least 298 priests, deacons, and other clergy members across the state have faced "credible abuse" allegations going back to the 1940s, according to the list.

Dioceses in Texas are not the only ones to be grappling with these issues.

Last week, Pope Francis issued an edict requiring all Catholic nuns and priests report any abuse or cover-ups thereof, mandating that all dioceses worldwide have a system in place to receive reports confidentially.