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Illinois investigation finds 500 more clergy abuse cases

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago is the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the largest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. The Illinois Attorney General has found 500 more Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children than the state’s six archdioceses have publicly identified.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has found 500 more Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children than the state’s six archdioceses have publicly identified.

In a blistering rebuke of the church’s handling of the crisis, Madigan’s office says its preliminary findings have revealed the state’s six dioceses have done a woefully inadequate job of investigating allegations and in some cases didn’t investigate them at all or notify the state child welfare workers of the allegations.

Madigan says that while the six archdioceses have publicly identified 185 clergy members as having been “credibly” accused of child sexual abuse, her office found allegations of abuse by at least 500 more.

Madigan’s findings come amid a renewed national outcry over allegations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.

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  • Still the tip of the iceberg — many more states and dioceses yet to give an accounting. When all are heard from I suspect the number of priests involved will number in the many thousands, the number of child victims even higher, will cover decades of time, and will be shown to be both systematic and systemic in nature.

  • If Roman Catholicism, and by extension Christianity itself, survives this present crisis intact it will be a miracle.

  • If it was McDonalds doing this – every one of their restaurants would be set ablaze.

    The entire institution, it’s cardinals, bishops and priests, MUST be declared a criminal organization, and charged under the RICO statutes.

  • Not a miracle. Tobacco companies thrive despite decades of lying and covering up about their products, which cause debilitating illness and premature death.

  • Matthew 24:10-13 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

  • It is becoming ever more clear that Keating was right all along – the US bishops are like the Mafia. If the bishops had let him do his job back in 2003, the US Church would not be going down the toilet today. Thank you, Mahoney.

    But the Pope is on top of the problem – he has ordered the US bishops to pray and reflect. What more could possibly be needed?

  • Or more specifically “credibly,” which probably means accusations within a strict time frame, regardless of whether or not the diocese influenced people not to publicly accuse abusers at the time.

  • “Credible” and “credibility” are meaningless.

    25% of adult Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth.

    To them it is credible.

  • It’s clear that the bishops have hidden so many cases of abuse. It’s safe to assume that this is the case in every diocese — around the world. The Pope is complicit in this problem, as is every Catholic who financially supports the Church.

  • Your denial of this problem is craven and evil. The irony here is that YOU are the most anti-Catholic activist here.

  • Time to shut the doors on all houses of worship as it is obvious said houses have turned into dens of sin and debauchery.

  • ….which were ignored, or never investigated, and never reported to investigating authorities. By design, by your pervert leadership.

    You’re an alleged Christian, as they are.

  • How many false allegations are documented? Very few, if any, because victims don’t lie. Even the John Jay report said as much.

  • “How many false allegations are documented? Very few, if any, because victims don’t lie.”

    If that were true we could just skip having trials.

    First, let’s look at Lisa Madigan.

    She first ran for attorney general in 2002 vowing, “It’s time that Illinois’ highest legal official takes an active, hands-on role in cleaning up government. And I will not let them down.”

    American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) fact checked her campaign promise after ten years in office. She had prosecuted only fourteen public officials for corruption: half were for DUI, reckless driving, or substance possession and she lost close to half of those cases. That’s an appalling record in a state with 7,000 units of government.

    She then switched positions on public crime busting claiming her office lacked statutory power. The Chicago Tribune editorial board refused to endorse her for re-election recognizing the depth of statewide corruption and her reluctance to rein it in.

    In fact Illinois has a lcalled a Quo Warranto application. Once public malfeasance by an officeholder or unit of government is documented by a citizen, Illinois law mandates that citizens first request help from the attorney general. The attorney general reviews the application and then decides whether or not to enforce state law. By denying the application, the AG essentially forces the citizen to file a private lawsuit on their own dime or drop the matter altogether.

    In a two year period nineteen Quo Warranto applications were filed with Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In all nineteen cases, Madigan denied the application.

    http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/SUMMARY-OF-QUO-WARRANTO-APPLICATIONS-WITH.pdf

    In the City of Marshall, Warren Le Fever had to spend $4,426 of his own money to file his own lawsuit to stop an “out-of-towner” from serving and voting on his city council.

    Madigan is a political hack:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2015/07/27/why-does-il-attorney-general-lisa-madigan-refuse-to-prosecute-public-corruption/#717b36887438

    This attack on the Catholic Church in Illinois is a last-ditch attempt to revive a failing political career.

    Prosecutors’ reports are invariably one-side.

    Prosecutors pick their witnesses unchallenged.

    Defense lawyers are not allowed to appear with their clients, or to present witnesses they might contradict the prosecutor’s witnesses or arguments.

    Prosecutors are not required to provide exculpatory evidence, even if they are aware of it.

    Nor need they interview witnesses that might contradict their narrative.

    That is why it is generally considered unfair for prosecutors to issue “reports”.

    Normally prosecutors announce a subject has been indicted, or not, without further comment.

    Find a better platform than her for your anti-Catholicism.

  • There was no chance of investigation which would have led to convictions. You speak the same perverted language as those who protected the perpetrators. Where does that leave you? Makes me wonder what’s in your closet.

  • Sorry, I’m not reading your attempt to divert attention away from your problem.

    The fact remains: Catholic leadership deliberately covered up these cases. That’s been the back story all along.

  • Because there’s nothing about a six-continent scandal (no kids in Antartica), which involves cover-ups by high-ranking pooh-bahs lasting decades, that should result in any anti-Catholic words.

  • It certainly should result in words about whosoever covered things up.

    The fact that they were violating their own church’s teachings nixes “any anti-Catholic words”, unless of course your axe was ground in advance.

  • Of course you’re not.

    Facts get in the way of your convictions.

    Once you get some professional help you may gain insight into the root cause of your fact avoidance, and in fact your very presence in this discussion.

  • The fact is that 500 alleged child sex abuse cases were apparently – we are hearing only one side of it – not reported.

    Since that would be contrary to Canon Law and Catholic teaching, and we don’t know who may have been involved, that “your perverted leadership” was involved is at best a guess on your part.

    You arrived with an axe grind and have never ceased grinding it, so your guess is not even as good as mine.

  • Well excuse me for taking on your cherished pedophile culture. That you would defend such evil is a dark mark on your alleged soul.

  • “How many false allegations are documented? Very few, if any, because victims don’t lie.”

    If that were true we could just skip having trials.

    First, let’s look at Lisa Madigan.

    She first ran for attorney general in 2002 vowing, “It’s time that Illinois’ highest legal official takes an active, hands-on role in cleaning up government. And I will not let them down.”

    American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) fact checked her campaign promise after ten years in office. She had prosecuted only fourteen public officials for corruption: half were for DUI, reckless driving, or substance possession and she lost close to half of those cases. That’s an appalling record in a state with 7,000 units of government.

    She then switched positions on public crime busting claiming her office lacked statutory power. The Chicago Tribune editorial board refused to endorse her for re-election recognizing the depth of statewide corruption and her reluctance to rein it in.

    In fact Illinois has a lcalled a Quo Warranto application. Once public malfeasance by an officeholder or unit of government is documented by a citizen, Illinois law mandates that citizens first request help from the attorney general. The attorney general reviews the application and then decides whether or not to enforce state law. By denying the application, the AG essentially forces the citizen to file a private lawsuit on their own dime or drop the matter altogether.

    In a two year period nineteen Quo Warranto applications were filed with Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In all nineteen cases, Madigan denied the application.

    http://edgarcountywatchdogs{DOT}com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/SUMMARY-OF-QUO-WARRANTO-APPLICATIONS-WITH.pdf

    In the City of Marshall, Warren Le Fever had to spend $4,426 of his own money to file his own lawsuit to stop an “out-of-towner” from serving and voting on his city council.

    Madigan is a political hack:

    https://www.forbes{DOT}com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2015/07/27/why-does-il-attorney-general-lisa-madigan-refuse-to-prosecute-public-corruption/#567de96c7438

    This attack on the Catholic Church in Illinois is a last-ditch attempt to revive a failing political career.

    Prosecutors’ reports are invariably one-side.

    Prosecutors pick their witnesses unchallenged.

    Defense lawyers are not allowed to appear with their clients, or to present witnesses they might contradict the prosecutor’s witnesses or arguments.

    Prosecutors are not required to provide exculpatory evidence, even if they are aware of it.

    Nor need they interview witnesses that might contradict their narrative.

    That is why it is generally considered unfair for prosecutors to issue “reports”.

    Normally prosecutors announce a subject has been indicted, or not, without further comment.

    Find a better platform than her for your anti-Catholicism.

  • If only Connelly/Arnzen could read Spanish, then I would recommend that he check out Spanish scholar Pepe Rodriguez’s two books — The Sex Life of the Clergy (La vida sexual del clero, 1995) and Pederasty in the Catholic Church: Sexual Crimes of the Clergy against Minors. A Drama Silenced and Covered up by the Bishops (Pederastis en la iglesia catolica: delitos sexuales del clero contra menores, un drama silenciado y encubierto por los obispos, 2003). Totaling over 800 pages, they are available from Amazon.

  • “How many false allegations are documented? Very few, if any, because victims don’t lie.”

    If that were true we could just skip having trials.

    Let’s look at Lisa Madigan.

    She first ran for attorney general in 2002 vowing, “It’s time that Illinois’ highest legal official takes an active, hands-on role in cleaning up government. And I will not let them down.”

    American Transparency (OpenTheBooks{DOT}com) fact checked her campaign promise after ten years in office. She had prosecuted only fourteen public officials for corruption: half were for DUI, reckless driving, or substance possession and she lost close to half of those cases. That’s an appalling record in a state with 7,000 units of government.

    She then switched positions on public crime busting claiming her office lacked statutory power. The Chicago Tribune editorial board refused to endorse her for re-election recognizing the depth of statewide corruption and her reluctance to rein it in.

    In fact Illinois has what is called a Quo Warranto application. Once public malfeasance by an officeholder or unit of government is documented by a citizen, Illinois law mandates that citizens first request help from the attorney general. The attorney general reviews the application and then decides whether or not to enforce state law. By denying the application, the AG essentially forces the citizen to file a private lawsuit on their own dime or drop the matter altogether.

    In a two year period nineteen Quo Warranto applications were filed with Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In all nineteen cases, Madigan denied the application.

    http://edgarcountywatchdogs{DOT}com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/SUMMARY-OF-QUO-WARRANTO-APPLICATIONS-WITH.pdf

    In the City of Marshall, Warren Le Fever had to spend $4,426 of his own money to file his own lawsuit to stop an “out-of-towner” from serving and voting on his city council.

    Madigan is a political hack:

    https://www.forbes{DOT}com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2015/07/27/why-does-il-attorney-general-lisa-madigan-refuse-to-prosecute-public-corruption/#567de96c7438

    This attack on the Catholic Church in Illinois is a last-ditch attempt to revive a failing political career.

    Prosecutors’ reports are invariably one-side.

    Prosecutors pick their witnesses unchallenged.

    Defense lawyers are not allowed to appear with their clients, or to present witnesses they might contradict the prosecutor’s witnesses or arguments.

    Prosecutors are not required to provide exculpatory evidence, even if they are aware of it.

    Nor need they interview witnesses that might contradict their narrative.

    That is why it is generally considered unfair for prosecutors to issue “reports”.

    Normally prosecutors announce a subject has been indicted, or not, without further comment.

    Find a better platform than her for your anti-Catholicism.

  • Why am I not surprised by this revelation?

    Clerical sexual abuse and episcopal coverups: the “gift” that keeps on giving.

  • As a concerned Catholic, I fully agree with you. It’s well past time, as well, to turn the Vatican upside down and shake the literal hell out of it.

  • “The victims had parents” — who would never believe little Johnnie accusing the good “Father” of bad conduct. The “parents” were just as guilty as the hierarchs and “priests” who promoted and maintained a sick and toxic church culture.

  • Namely, the “reality” of widespread clerical sexual abuse, episcopal malfeasance, and papal indifference to all the aforementioned. And to realize that JPII is a much vaunted “Saint”, notwithstanding his ignoring repeated complaints about his prevert money-raisin’ friend, Rev. Maciel, who father at least three children by two women on different continents — and God only knows what else!!!

    Seriously, we must nominate you for recognition as “Honorable Keeper of the Papal Chamberpot”, an award consisting of a framed certificate and a small porcelain piece emblazoned with the papal coat of arms and designed for wear around the neck with a faux gold necklace. You’ve *earned* it.

  • “The fact that they were violating their own church’s teachings…blah, blah, blah.”

    Actions speak louder than words. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.

    Always.

  • Apples and oranges.

    The morality of bombing Hiroshima is debatable; there’s no debate about “wasting” kids.

    (and you’re an industrial engineer???)

  • Let’s hope so. The Church of Rome is several hundred years behind the times, thanks to JPII and B16 who effectively minimized the importance of Vatican II, the main theme of which was ecclesial renewal.

  • but yet the catholic church denies gays when they turned a lot of boys to the gay lifestyle how hypocritical

  • Mark Connely aka Bob Arnzen aka Bob Carioca etc – is a RCC paid apologist. When he gets beat-up too often for too long – he simply creates a new identity and continues serving his master. He will always have the last word – absurd or not. If an article is esp critical of the Church – he will employ any number of tactics to move the discussion away from the thrust of the article. He is well known by a number of the commenters on RNS. I just ignore him.
    However – you have given me pause….
    In response to ea of his comments – I will reply addressing him by the title he so rightly deserves :

    ” Honorable Keeper of the Papal Chamberpot “

  • Francesco ordered the bishops to delay any vote on priest/child sexual abuse. The US bishops take orders – and are in the employ of ” the Holy See ” which is an independent monarchical nation.
    As such the bishops should be declared criminal unregistered foreign agents by the US – and be charged for criminal conspiracy under the RICO statutes.
    Jail them first – then deport them to the den of criminals known as the Vatican.

  • And yet,.you are commanded by St. Paul himself not to slander people. Corinthians, ya know? The very same passage that is used to condemn gay people, if fact.

    One more example, as if any were needed, that antigay hysteria has nothing to do with sincere religious belief. It’s just the drag it prefers to dress up in.

    Something about whited sepulchers, ya know?

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