Illinois Finds Catholic Church Hid Abuse Accusations Against 500 More Priests | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Illinois Finds Catholic Church Hid Abuse Accusations Against 500 More Priests

Preliminary findings from the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, in an investigation into abuse at Catholic churches in the state, were released on Wednesday.

The attorney general's findings revealed that the state's six Roman Catholic dioceses have withheld the names of 500 clergymen accused of misconduct, local media reports. The report is said to be highly critical of the state's six Roman Catholic dioceses, ripping into them for failing to properly investigate sexual abuse allegations against the clergymen and in some cases not investigating the claims at all.

"In the four months since the Office opened this investigation, the Illinois Dioceses have acknowledged that they are aware of an additional forty-five previously undisclosed clergy who they deemed to be 'credibly' accused of sexually abusing minors," the report says.

Dioceses in the state publicly identified "only 185 clergy as having been 'credibly' accused of sexual abuse." More than 500 clergy were subjects of sexual abuse complaints. That means 26 percent of the total 690 allegations against clergymen were deemed credible. It also means that 74 percent of the allegations were "either not investigated, or were investigated but not substantiated."

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