Over 500 accused priests not identified by Catholic Church

A new report by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, has found that there are more than 500 unidentified priests involved in undisclosed sexual abuse scandals in Illinois.

The report stated that almost 690 different priests have been accused of sexual crimes, while Catholic officials have officially recognized only 185. The report targeted six dioceses that govern across Illinois for their corruption and lack of effort in investigating and reporting all inquiries.

The Cardinal in Chicago, Blase Cupich, said in a statement on the matter that attempts are being made to acknowledge, support, and help survivors find justice for the priest’s crimes. Cupich continued in the statement, “I want to express again the profound regret of the whole church for our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse.”

16 years ago, on January 2, Spotlight, a Boston Globe based news group, broke one of the first big stories on the sexual abuse scandals that led into nearly two decades of reporting on the scandals.

Cardinal Blase Cupich called this time a “dark chapter in church history.”

Two attorney’s, Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman, announced Thursday that they will release the names of accused clergymen by 300 survivors by early February.

Anderson said, in a news conference in downtown Chicago, “What isn’t private and what needs to be known and made public is the identities of every one of those offenders, many of whom are still out in the community.”