Chicago Archdiocese releases priest sex abuse documents

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The Chicago Archdiocese released thousands of documents Wednesday, detailing how church officials responded to abuse claims against 30 priests.

The documents are being released as part of settlements with abuse victims.

chicagoarchdioceaseThe files include complaints, reports from internal investigations and actions taken by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Bishop Francis Kane, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, apologized for past sins and promised transparency in the future.  “I personally have also felt the betrayal that priests and others have expressed about the few among us who have cast a shadow on all that we’re trying to do.  And I want to assure the public that no priest with even one substantiated accusation of child abuse against him serves in public ministry in the Archdiocese.”

The organization SNAP, The Survivors Network of those abused by Priests, says the Archdiocese is not being completely forthcoming and is hiding the identities of dozens of other priests who are accused of molesting.

The public gets to see those documents next week.

Files related to former Priest Daniel McCormack will stay sealed by a judge because of pending court cases.

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  • SNAPJudy

    "It's always important to tell the truth"??
    Cardinal George is being forced to release these secret documents because brave victims did not give up on exposing the truth and cover-up and therefore helping to protect kids today, .He did not freely volunteer to release these documents, which should have been done years ago..
    So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in Chicago Archdiocese, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes.
    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.