Philly feds pursuing clergy sex abuse cover-ups are now telling Catholic bishops nationwide to not destroy their records, hinting at a wider investigation

Archdiocesan spokespeople from across the country — including in Louisville, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans — confirmed Friday that they had received the message but said their offices had not been subpoenaed. The letter did not compel the organization or any particular diocese to hand over any information to federal authorities, although it ordered recipients not to “destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter” any of the identified records.