Archdiocese of Chicago

Document
Release

For those seeking information and resources about the release of documents related to the sexual abuse of minors

RELEASE OF DOCUMENTS

On January 15, 2014, the Archdiocese of Chicago released to plaintiffs’ lawyer, Jeffrey Anderson, documents related to 30 Archdiocesan priests who were accused of abusing minors at various times during the last half century.

This release of documents was part of a mediation agreement between the Archdiocese and claimants’ lawyers.

All of the documents relate to cases that date back many years, with 95 percent of these cases occurring prior to 1988. These cases were reported to civil authorities and the Archdiocese did not hide abuse or protect abusers.

All of the priests involved in this document release are out of ministry and 14 are deceased. No priest with even one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor serves in ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago today.

Some portions of the documents were redacted to comply with legal restrictions about privacy of medical and mental health information and to protect the innocent, however, nothing was redacted to conceal the identity of abusers.