In the U.S. state of Illinois, nearly 400 Catholic priests and lay people in public with abuse allegations faced. The law office of Jeff Anderson & Associates, specializing in clergy abuse, published on Wednesday in Chicago a list of 395 names. The Suspects are working or have worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago and five other dioceses. "The data reveals the frightening extent, in the priest's children to the present day, sexually abuse," reads the report.
In the past year had branded a similar Report of the attorney General of the state of Pennsylvania hundreds of clergy and laity as a suspected paedophile offenders. Most of the Offences were too long to prosecute. The publication ultimately led to the resignation of the Archbishop of Washington, cardinal Donald Wuerl.
In the port had taken up several States investigations, more and more victims came forward. In the state of West Virginia, it came a few days ago to a charge against a full diocese, and a former Bishop. In Illinois, attorney Anderson accused the Church authorities, to make the cases public.
The dioceses rejected the allegations. The diocese of Joliet released a statement in which she makes it clear that all known cases are reported with robust allegations to law enforcement authorities. Similarly, the Archdiocese of Chicago.