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Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says

Dec 20, 2018

By Laurie Goodstein and Monica Davey

The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday in a scathing report that accused the church of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations.

The preliminary report by Attorney General Lisa Madigan concludes that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are incapable of investigating themselves and “will not resolve the clergy sexual abuse crisis on their own.”

The report said that 690 priests were accused of abuse, and only 185 names were made public by the dioceses as having been found credibly accused of abuse.

“The number of allegations above what was already public is shocking,” said Ms. Madigan in an interview.

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9 comments on “Catholic Church in Illinois Withheld Names of at Least 500 Priests Accused of Abuse, Attorney General Says

  • New York Times article:

    The preliminary report by Attorney General Lisa Madigan concludes that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are incapable of investigating themselves and “will not resolve the clergy sexual abuse crisis on their own.”

    It is good to see such a competent investigator’s clear public statement on the problem of clerical sexual abuse of minors in the dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church in the state of Illinois — that these dioceses are incapable of dealing with it according to civilized ethical and legal standards. Similar problems reported in Roman Catholic dioceses in other countries lead one to believe that the conclusion stated in Attorney-General Lisa Madigan’s preliminary report is true of the entire RCC. If the RCC is to be tolerated in modern society, it is going to have to submit to the oversight of secular authority, so that the safety of its participants, especially the children, can be ensured, and clerics guilty of molesting minors can be brought to justice. The days when churchmen could preach right and wrong to princes and threaten them with dire superstitious consequences are long gone.



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  • At least 500 priests in Illinois. At least 300 priests in Pennsylvania. The Catholic church is an international pedophile organization. Any other group that perpetrated crimes like this would’ve been shut down centuries ago. Why hasn’t a mob with pitchforks solved the problem? Don’t bother answering – it’s a rhetorical question. The power of brainwashing is a real force to behold.

    Watch the pathetic sheep who still claim membership in that church defend the leadership and the child molesters with every stupid excuse under the sun and you’ll see an individual who has been cognitively compromised and who has lost the ability to reason and make the simplest moral judgements.

     

    The Catholic church = the evil empire. Reduced to lowest common denominator: RCC = TEE.

     


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  • Laurie

    The community always knows these things are going on long before the rest of the world. Just like unwanted pregnancies, they know just what to do and where to go to save their daughters ‘dignity’.

     

    Shame on them all.


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  • Olgun

     

    The community always knows these things are going on long before the rest of the world.

    I’d like to talk to some Catholic old timers and see what they say about that. How widely known was it? People cover up these shameful things for the good of the family, victim and church (as they see it.) Add that up with the whole don’t question authority thing and I can see how this went on for so long.


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  • Think about how bad the paedophile priest problem is nowadays when religion is supposedly subject to the rule of law and is no longer a law unto itself and then imagine how bad the problem would have been hundreds of years ago. In the middle ages the church was only marginally less powerful than the crown and the word of a “man of god”, a priest, abbot etc would have been law or close to it. No ordinary citizen would have been able to speak out about child abuse. They would probably not be believed and could well end up burning on charges of blasphemy. I imagine for most citizens sexual abuse was a part of life and everyone was in the same boat.


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