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German clergy abuse inquiry canceled

BERLIN — Germany’s ­Roman Catholic Church has called off an independent ­institute’s investigation into sexual abuse by clergy over several decades, it said Wednesday. The lead researcher said the church wanted too much control over his work.

In 2011, the church asked Christian Pfeiffer’s Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute to analyze data on abuse from German dioceses as far back as 1945, including material from church archives.

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