Archdiocese Receives Dozens of Requests for Priest Abuse

By Bernie Tafoya
WBBM [Chicago IL]
March 16, 2004

(Chicago) -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago says dozens of requests for information have been made about priests and whether they’ve ever had substantiated sex abuse allegations made against those priests. LISTEN HERE

The archdiocese Web site offering people a chance to ask for the information went live on Friday.

Archdiocese spokesman Jim Dwyer says more than 40 requests have come in, most of them via the archdiocese Web site.

Requests can be made by phone and by fax as well.

-- BY PHONE at 312/751-7740

-- BY FAX to 312/867-8790

-- BY LETTER, Office of the Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago, P.O. Box 1979, Chicago, IL 60690.

Priest sex abuse survivors complain the archdiocese doesn’t go far enough or make it easy enough to find out the names of molester-priests. The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests wants the Chicago archdiocese to put on the archdiocese web site the names of all priests who’ve had allegations proven against them.

Survivors also complain that the archdiocese makes people give their names and addresses when asking for information about specific priests.

Dwyer says that’s “to avoid people calling on a lark who just want to put together a list” of abuser-priests.


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