facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Chicago Archdiocese releases documents on priest sex abuse

Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:10 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago returned abusive priests to ministry after treatment in the mistaken belief they had been cured, a church official said.

Bishop Francis Kane, the vicar general, said the archdiocese was not trying to cover up or enable the sexual abuse of children by priests, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He spoke to the news media Wednesday as files on abusive priests were released.

Diocesan officials were told priests who had been evaluated could be returned to the ministry as long as they were under monitoring, Kane said.

"We found out that isn't true," he said. "That was a mistake. We didn't realize the depth of this terrible, terrible sin and crime . . . child sex abuse."

Kane also apologized to those abused by priests and to their families, the Chicago Tribune reported.

More than 6,000 pages of files were released Wednesday to lawyers representing alleged victims of clerical molestation.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
2
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback