|New Study of Chicago Clergy Raises Troubling Questions about Assignment of Credibly Accused Pedophiles
Voice of the Faithful
October 11, 2010
Oct. 11, 2010 – Boston: Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago who were credibly accused of sexual abuse served at nearly 60% of parishes in the city at some point in time, according to an in-depth statistical study of clerical assignments released today.
The Chicago-based affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, working with African American Advocates of Clergy Sexual Abuse, Bishop Accountability.org and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), collaborated on the five-year study, which used the official church registry and website to track the parishes and institutions where 97 credibly accused priests were assigned to work and live over a total of 4,114 man-years of ministry, from 1917 through 2009.
Among the study's key findings:
Hauter also noted that the study highlights the need for the Archdiocese of Chicago to actively reach out to potential victims of sexual abuse in those parishes where a disproportionately high number of credibly accused priests were assigned.
The study and statistical analysis was carried out by members of Chicagoland Voice of the Faithful and SNAP under the direction of VOTF member Bob Kopp, using official church directories listing priests and their assignments and residences, as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago website and U.S. Postal Service ZIP code information. The study also relied on the Bishop Accountability website (www.bishopaccountability.org), widely recognized as the authoritative source for information on credibly accused clergy, and on VOTF and SNAP volunteers, who donated hundreds of person-hours to data collection, as well as the assistance of a statistician for data analysis.
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