Something Wicked This Way Comes – Again
By Bill Knight
Chillicothe Times Bulletin
October 23, 2018
Fortunately, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke are initiating actions to disclose facts about sexual abuse of children apparently covered up by high officials in the Catholic Church. Madigan has demanded that the Church must open its “secret files” for independent review, and Burke – who served on the investigative board of laypeople appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – is calling for its renewal.
The latest: four people on Oct. 18 filed suit in Chicago against all six Catholic dioceses in Illinois, months after a Pennsylvania grand jury said more than 1,000 child victims were abused by about 300 priests over 70 years in six dioceses, which concealed the truth there. Also on Oct. 18, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation on whether clergy committed federal crimes.
This column is no defense of pedophilia, abuse of authority or institutional coverup, of course. But it’s difficult to weigh in on such wickedness without being so accused.