Contact Information for Priests Named in Settlement Posted Online

By Stephanie Lecci
Chicago Public Radio

August 15, 2008

[with audio]

The contact information for several priests named in a recent settlement with Chicago's Catholic Archdiocese is now online.

Minnesota-based attorney Jeff Anderson represented some of the victims who settled with the Archdiocese for $12.7 million. He says he wanted the Archdiocese to post the addresses and phone numbers of the priests on its Web site as part of the settlement. It didn't. He says as a result, he felt a "moral imperative" to post the last known contact information for the priests on his Web site.

ANDERSON: We don't want other kids hurt by any of these offenders. They frankly belong behind bars and not in the community. We can't put them behind bars, but we can alert the communities to protect other kids.

A spokeswoman told the Associated Press the Archdiocese knew Anderson would post the information. In an email, she said the Archdiocese Web site does list priests with substantiated allegations of abuse. But it does not include addresses or phone numbers.


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