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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has accused the Catholic Church of withholding the names of hundreds of priests accused of sexual abuse, a claim challenged by a prominent watchdog group.
The New York Times cited Ms. Madigan in reporting that the Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, along with her declaration that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are incapable of investigating themselves and “will not resolve the clergy sexual abuse crisis on their own.”
Decades - Priests - Abuse - Church - Accusations
While over several decades 690 priests had been accused of abuse, the Church deemed that only 185 of the accusations were credible, yet the New York Times implied that all of the accusations were credible, claiming in its headline that 500 names had been withheld.
“The number of allegations above what was already public is shocking,” Madigan declared.
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The president of the Catholic League, Dr. William Donahue, accused the attorney general of a brazen double standard in her investigations, since there have been more accusations of abuse against public school teachers than Catholic priests and yet she has launched no inquiry into the former.
“Why didn’t Madigan launch an investigation of the public schools throughout the state following revelations of a Chicago Tribune report on sexual abuse in Chicago?” Donahue asked.
September - December—Chicago - School - Officials - Complaints
In the “last three months—between September and December—Chicago public school officials fielded 624 new complaints, including a teen track star who was allegedly...
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