Illinois Investigation Finds 500 More Catholic Clergy Abuse Cases

Mourners leave Holy Name Cathedral after film critic Roger Ebert’s funeral in Chicago, April 8, 2013. The Pulitzer Prize winning movie reviewer died Thursday, April 4 at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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.

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Source: Religion News Service