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Group calls for criminal inquiries of disgraced Catholic order Legion of Christ in RI, Conn.

A group that advocates for victims of clergy abuse wants authorities to investigate the Legion of Christ, a disgraced Roman Catholic order.

Two lawsuits in Rhode Island claim the Legion of Christ deceived elderly donors into giving it millions as its officials knew the church was investigating its founder for allegations including sex abuse. The order has said its actions were proper.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the suspected wrongdoing is so persistent that Rhode Island and Connecticut law enforcement should investigate.

The Vatican took over the order in 2010.

A Rhode Island attorney general spokeswoman says the office would review any evidence of a crime that is presented. The Connecticut state's attorney's office says there are no complaints pending, but they would review any that are presented.

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