Abuse victims’ attorney wants Pope to discipline Cardinal George

A day after the release of documents offering new details on Chicago priests accused of sexual abuse, one of the attorneys who represents dozens of abuse victims is calling on Pope Francis to discipline Francis Cardinal George.

Six thousand documents were released Tuesday as part of a court settlement involving 30 accused priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

They include cases in which accused priests were moved to different parishes even if they were facing multiple accusations.

“These documents reveal clearly that all the top officials, both current and past, are involved in the concealment of the truth and crimes — and that includes Cardinal George,” victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson said during an interview on the WGN Morning News today.

“I don’t think Cardinal George or any of the other persons mentioned at yesterday’s conference have any intent to harm children at all,” Jan Slattery, Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, told WGN.

“I believe in consequences,” she continued.  “I believe in accountability.  I think the way this has all occurred and over the period of time it’s occurred has been difficult.  We receive an allegation by a victim on average 27 years after it occurred.”

Anderson believes castigation should now come from the Vatican.  “What needs to happen to Cardinal George is to have Pope Francis, who has promised a new day and a new way, discipline Cardinal George for his role, and every other top official in this,” Anderson said.  “He has the power and he has the obligation now that the truth is known.”

7 comments

  • Andrea

    forget the Pope…Cardinal George should be arrested and charged with aiding a criminal and obstructing justice – Multiple counts. why has no State's Attorney anywhere in the US done this??

    • Donna Marie Gaspar

      Absolutly, I can't believe how blind people are to the fact that the Criminals are running free and buiding Healing Gardens in honor of the victims of their crimes ( Web site of the Chicago Diocese).
      And the only people begging for prosecution by the State are SNAP. Their demonstation was today.
      Where is the outrage of all the "devout catholics" – who are still drinking the Kool Aid.

  • SNAPJudy

    It is the brave victims who are to be commended for their courage and determination to help expose this ugly truth within the Chicago Archdiocese.

    And the tragic part is that the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their image and the institution rather than protecting children.

    This past week in Geneva, the UN interrogations of Vatican officials showed just how much corruption is still kept secret. The Vatican officials claimed they are powerless over child predator priests. And yet the next day the Vatican admitted to defrocking 400 priests for child sex abuse in a two year period.
    The Vatican is NOT powerless over child predator priests or defrocking bishops and cardinals who cover up these horrific crimes against innocent kids. Until high ranking church officials are held accountable by outside law enforcement for their crimes against humanity, nothing will change and children are still not safe within this archaic secret institution. It seems that we can not count on Pope Francis to get this horrific abuse stopped. None of the popes, including Francis. have taken any decisive action to hold bishops accountable for enabling and covering up sex crimes against kids.

    Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in the Chicago Archdiocese, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.
    Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
    "SNAP" the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

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