Protestors Demand More on Sex Abuse Settlement

By Susan Carlson

August 16, 2008

CHICAGO (CBS) - Despite a major sex abuse settlement this week, victim's advocates are demanding more from Francis Cardinal George. They claim the archdiocese is protecting priests who are accused of abuse and they want names, as CBS 2's Susan Carlson reports.

Demonstrators were handing out flyers right before the 5 p.m. mass at Holy Name Cathedral urging Catholics to contact the cardinal demanding answers.

The Survivors Network of those Accused by Priests (SNAP) is calling on Cardinal George to release the names of any priest who is accused of sexual abuse and may still be in a parish.

Earlier this week, the Chicago archdiocese agreed to pay out $12.6 million in a settlement involving 11 different priests accused of abuse. In a sworn deposition from the Cardinal himself, it was revealed two of the priests remained on the job after the accusations surfaced. SNAP feels there may be more accused priests in parishes right now.

"When an allegation is made, remove the predator," said SNAP member Barbara Blaine. "We question how many more predators are still out there; how many have not been made public, and are children still at risk."

Catholic protestor Joan Kocina said she was born into the faith and says she will stay with it, but will continue to fight the concealment of the facts.

The Cardinal said of the 11 accused priests, all of them are either dead or no longer with the church. He also made a public apology saying some of this abuse occurred on his watch. There was no additional comment made by the archdiocese Saturday.


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