Catholic Diocese of Peoria says church is held to account for leaders looking the other way in sex abuse case

November 11, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, covering much of central Illinois, is weighing in on the Vatican’s report showing bishops, cardinals, and popes downplayed or dismissed multiple reports of sexual misconduct by former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The two-year investigation culminated in the release Tuesday of a 449-page report showing among other things that Pope John Paul II knew about the sexual abuse allegations, but allowed McCarrick’s promotion anyway.

The investigation determined Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ handling of the case until a former alter boy alleged abuse.

“This report, after a two-year investigation, holds the Church to a greater amount of responsibility, transparency and accountability,” the Catholic Diocese of Peoria said in a prepared statement.

There’s a “great deal of sadness for past sins and a hope for a healing future,” the statement said.

“Our first commitment remains for the care of victims,” the diocese said.

“The lessons learned from this exhaustive study must continue to shape our on-going response to ensure we provide a safe environment for all people especially the young and vulnerable,” the diocese went on to say.


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