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FBI investigates decades-old reports of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans

St. Louis Cathedral. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 3, 2017.
Nicolas Henderson
St. Louis Cathedral. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 3, 2017.

The FBI has opened an investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans, going back decades. Investigators are looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to abuse them. Associated Press reporter Jim Mustian first broke the story, and he joins us during our Thursday segment for more.

But first, as Louisianans prepare for hurricane season, many are asking: What lessons can we learn from Hurricane Ida? WWNO’s Carly Berlin tells us how recent storms are making officials rethink how to handle natural disasters.

Abortion news has been inescapable this week, and here in Louisiana, providers have been told they can resume procedures after state courts blocked trigger laws. But Attorney General Jeff Landry recently issued a statement saying this will not stop his administration from trying to prosecute anyone who performs an abortion. NPR’s Sarah McCammon reported on how one clinic in Shreveport is responding to the rapidly changing information.

And, on this week's BookMark from the Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Ashleigh Bell Pedersen about her debut novel, “The Crocodile Bride.” Bell Pederson chronicles the ten-year journey that led to this book located in the fictional one-road town of Fingertip, Louisiana.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick was the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans, from 2019 through 2023.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.