The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of internal documents on Thursday that detailed decades of sexual abuse by priests, Reuters reported.
As part of a mediation agreement, in January the archdiocese released files on 30 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors. Thursday’s release is the latest in a series of such abuse disclosures by Midwest church officials.
Many of the priests named in the files are now dead and none of them remain in active ministry.
The files show how the archdiocese dealt with abuse allegations during the past six decades, including the practice of moving priests accused of abuse to new parishes.
Cardinal Francis George said in a statement that the church is “committed to transparency with the people we serve.
But David Clohessy, director of SNAP, or the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests, told Reuters it was “extraordinarily irresponsible” for church officials to keep the information hidden for decades.
The best way to protect children in the future is to expose predators and the institutions that protect them.