by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
The sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests is a disgrace. It demands, and the Diocese of Springfield pledges, continued efforts to bring healing to the victims of these grave sins. The report issued on Dec. 19, 2018 by the Illinois Attorney General’s office is, however, highly misleading. Factual clarification is imperative. One case of clerical sexual abuse is one too many. But the facts show this to have been a historic problem, not one recurring regularly in the present. This was not made clear by the Attorney General’s report, which suggested that there is a continuing rape culture in the Catholic Church that is being covered up. That is false.