02/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Feds Investigate L.A. Archdiocese: Church Officials Accused Of Covering Up Sex Abuse Of Minors

LOS ANGELES -- Federal authorities are investigating the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to see whether top church officials tried to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by priests, said a person familiar with the matter.

A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas and begun calling witnesses in the probe, which began late last year, said this person. The investigation is still in its early, fact-gathering stage, and it isn't known whether any criminal charges will result.