Bishops Meet in Chicago to Reflect on Clergy Abuse Scandal
A group of Catholic bishops gathered in Chicago on January 2 for a week-long retreat regarding the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the foundation of the Church in the U.S. The purpose of the retreat was for bishops to reflect and pray on the scandal as bishops around the world prepare to meet in February to determine how best to respond to the crisis.
The attorneys general of Illinois and Pennsylvania recently issued scathing reports, accusing Church officials in both states of neglecting the scandal (link to Illinois clergy abuse blog). In Illinois alone, according to the state’s attorney general, Church officials failed to report more than 500 cases of alleged abuse involving Catholic bishops. In Pennsylvania, hundreds of priests are accused of sexually abusing at least 1,000 children over the last several decades.
More than 18,000 people across the nation have come forward stating they were victims of alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, and 3,000 of them have filed lawsuits. In addition to Illinois and Pennsylvania, investigations into potential abuse – as well as cover-ups by Catholic Church officials – are occurring in several other states. These include the following:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
Please contact Baron & Budd if you believe you have been the victim of sexual abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church or any other institution. Call (866) 558-5574 or contact us online to learn more.