WATCH: Chicago Archdiocese official answers tough questions on church abuse scandal

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Victim of priest’s sexual abuse gets $2.3M settlementThousands of documents were finally released to the public Tuesday detailing how Chicago Catholic priests took advantage of children who trusted them, and how higher-ups failed to fix the problem.

The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement Tuesday morning that reads, in part: “The Archdiocese acknowledges that its leaders made some decisions decades ago that are now difficult to justify. They made those decisions in accordance with the prevailing knowledge at the time.”

It goes on to say: “We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting. It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be. The Archdiocese sincerely apologizes for the hurt and suffering of the victims and their families as a result of this abuse.”

WGN’s Mark Suppelsa talked to Jan Slattery with the archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth on the WGN News at Five. Watch the compelling interview in the above video player.


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  • Derek

    Mark, you were unnecessarily harsh with Mrs. Slattery today. She was kind enough to represent the archdiocese, yet your tone was condescending. I have to give her my respect for keeping her composure in the face of such bombastic questioning. I am a Sunday school volunteer at my home parish and I have been through the program Mrs. Slattery heads up titled 'Virtus'. In Virtus training we learn to seek out patterns in other adults that may indicate abuse, and also how to recognize if a child is being abused at home or by a trusted volunteer (or other authority). I also was subjected to a background check upon applying for the volunteer position. I encourage you to consider attending a Virtus session to see the training every volunteer in the archdiocese undergoes.

    God bless,