Fighting to be heard amid church’s silence

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In December, Chicago Archdiocese records revealed that a disturbing number of church leaders protected priests accused of sex abuse.

We’re now learning about one woman who stood up to church officials, in an effort to put an end to the behavior.

According to the documents sister peg’s first report of a priest dates back to the 1970’s when she was a principal at St. John Vianney in Northlake.

Peg alerted church officials about Reverend Thomas Job, after several boys told her they had been sexually abused by him.

Although Sister Peg’s says no one listened to her for many years, her efforts are considered courageous and rare, especially for that time.

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2 comments

  • John Shuster

    Did Sister Peg ever report the sex crime she was aware of to the police? I wonder if she ever figured out that reporting them to church authorities had no effect? Why didn't she inform the police? I think the stupidity/fear aspect needs to be factored into the heroism here. More children were likely harmed because of her ineffective protests. If you watch the video, you'll see how Sister Peg has created a PR event for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Her message is that "many people tried to help", the abuse is all in the past, and that Catholics "shouldn't give up on the church". The journalist is in the RCC's pocket.

  • DrRosemaryMcHugh

    As a physician who has met many who have been sexually abused by priests, I read Christy Gutowski's interview of Sr Peg Ivers with interest in the Chicago Tribune today. Sr Ivers might not be aware that the sexual abuse of innocent children in the Archdiocese of Chicago and elsewhere around the world is not past history. Sexual abuse of children by clergy is still happening in Chicago and around the world, wherever priests can get away with it, which is usually in poor neighborhoods and among immigrant groups that are afraid to speak up and therefore have no voice. The only accountability is by lawsuits, since the church is not acting as Jesus would. For many years there have been policies in the Vatican to protect the predator priests, deny the truth of clergy sex abuse, and re-victimize the victims. Right now, Pope Francis is protecting his Archbishop Wesolowski from facing charges of sexually abusing young boys in Poland and in the Dominican Republic, where he was the papal nuncio. The pope says that the archbishop will be investigated in the Vatican. How wrong-headed is that? It is the job of the police, not the church, to investigate the crimes and criminals of the church.

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