Disclosure of Systemic Coverup and Additional Sexual Abuse of Children in Chicago Archdiocese

And so begins the disclosure of systemic coverup and additional sexual abuse of children in the Chicago Archdiocese, along with the excuses or minimizing of current hierarchical officials, some of whom are complicit in the pattern of coverup. Will this be another round of ho-hum responses by people in the pews, or might they wake up to what one survivor told Pope Benedict was a cancer in the body of the Church.  But for the courage of survivors and the legal advocacy on their behalf, the Church hierarchy in Chicago and around the world would be spinning the same denials as they have been for the last 12 years. — Bill Casey, former Voice of the Faithful® Board of Trustees Chair

“Thousands of pages of secret church documents released Tuesday (Jan. 21) as part of a court settlement provide an unprecedented and gut-wrenching look at how the Archdiocese of Chicago for years failed to protect children from abusive priests.

“The documents provide new details and insights into how the nation’s third-largest archdiocese quietly shuttled accused priests from parish to parish and failed to notify police of child abuse allegations. The paper trail, going back decades, also portrays painfully slow progress toward reform, accountability and openness.” By Manya Brachear Pashman, Christy Gutowski and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune

Click here to read the rest of this article, “New Abuse Documents Detail Chicago Archdiocese Missteps.”

“After a 13-year-old boy reported in 1979 that a priest raped and threatened him at gunpoint to keep quiet, the Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boy’s parents that, although the cleric avoided prosecution, he would receive treatment and have no further contact with minors.

“But the Rev. William Cloutier, who already had been accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry a year later and went on to abuse again before he resigned in 1993, two years after the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit. Officials took no action against Cloutier over his earliest transgressions because he “sounded repentant,” according to internal archdiocese documents released Tuesday (Jan. 21) that show how the archdiocese tried to contain a mounting scandal over child sexual abuse.” By Tammy Webber, Associated Press, in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Click here to read the rest of this article, “Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades of Child Abuse.”

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  1. #1 by Ed Wilson on January 21, 2014 - 9:48 PM

    Apropos of Church Teaching

    The NCR story by Brian Rowe describes todays revelation of clerical sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Archdiocese, in compliance with a court settlement of 2008, has released documents showing that clerical sex abuse, going back almost 50 years, was mishandled in Chicago in the past and sometimes more recently.

    In apologizing for the continuation in ministry of known sex abusers the Archdiocese statement pointed out that these cases would have been handled differently under current norms. According to NCR, the statement pointed out that 95%of the cases occurred before 1988 and the decisions made by the Church then: are now difficult to justify but were based upon the knowledge prevailing at the time noting that understanding of sexual abuse has evolved since then

    Excuse me! Was there no unchangeable Church Teaching about sex abuse of children before 1988? Can understanding of such a fundamental wrong evolve dramatically in just fourteen years while the Churchs understanding of consenting adult behavior such as contraception, committed gay relationships, etc. remain static over millennia?

    And our bishops wonder why they are just not understood and charge those who disagree with their clams with relativism.

    The shame is that they have not come up with a credible ethic of sexuality based on the truly enduring principle of mutual respect and not using another for ones own gratification. Why didnt they understand that with regard to child abuse until the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was adopted in 2002 after the scandal became public?

    Why do many Catholics, let alone others, suspect that this Charter had a lot more to do with a firestorm of adverse publicity than any evolving of understanding?

    Ed W

    on 1/21/14 12:03 PM, Voice of the Faithful at comment-reply@wordpress.com wrote:

    > Voice of the Faithful posted: “And so begins the disclosure of systemic > coverup and additional sexual abuse of children in the Chicago Archdiocese, > along with the excuses or minimizing of current hierarchical officials, some > of whom are complicit in the pattern of coverup. Will this be” >

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