Church Didn't Reveal All Allegations Against Priests: Attorney General

Bob Roberts
December 19, 2018 - 4:43 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The six Catholic dioceses in Illinois have said they have credible evidence of sexual misconduct against 185 priests over the years. 

But the Illinois Attorney General’ Office says the actual number may be as much as three times as big.

Evidence in 500 additional cases is contained in materials submitted by each diocese, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday.

She said church officials have offered excuses, such as the priests have already been credibly accused and removed, or that the accused clergyman is dead. 

Each case deserves a thorough investigation and says it shows the church cannot be trusted to police itself. She wants the investigation to continue after she leaves office next month.

“Because I know that the Church has too often ignored survivors of clergy sexual assault, I want to share the initial findings from our work,” Madigan said in a prepared statement. “While the findings are preliminary, they demonstrate the need for and importance of continuing this investigation.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago released a response Wednesday, saying it continues to be vigilant to protect children.

“There can be no doubt about the constant need to strengthen our culture of healing, protection, and accountability. While the vast majority of abuses took place decades ago, many victim-survivors continue to live with this unimaginable pain,” Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said in a prepared statement.