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           New reporting reveals that over 1,000 cases of sex abuse by priests associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago have been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services [DCFS] since 2006.  Twenty-four new investigations have been launched in response to concerns that those cases were not properly investigated by DCFS.

           In 2006, DCFS implemented a policy that required the Archdiocese of Chicago to report suspected cases of sexual abuse involving its priests and employees. The need for this policy arose from the horrific crimes of the notorious Father Daniel McCormack and other priests who sexually abused thousands of children in the Chicago area. (Cherney, 2019).

          This 2006 program was designed to:

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Joliet Diocese sexual abuse, Chicago sex offender attorneysOver the span of 20 years, priests ordained by the Joliet Diocese allegedly abused many boys involved in church programs from the 1960s through 1980s. The Joliet Diocese knew about priests abusing children well before they did anything to protect children and remove pedophile priests from parished in the Diocese of Joliet. How did these priests become ordained and allowed to be around children if the diocese knew about sexual abuse by these priests? Sexual abuse by anyone is wrong, but being sexually abused by someone ordained of God by the Roman Catholic Church is especially corrupt. Children and their parents are supposed to be able to trust priests–the people who are ordained to uphold the standards of the church.

The Diocese of Joliet placed into parish assignments several men were considered poor candidates for ordination, including one who was asked to leave a Seminary where he was taking classes. Instead of denying them ordination, Joliet Diocese ordained these men and then covered up the allegations of abuse by moving the men to different parishes.

Among the Diocese of Joliet priests accused of abuse are Father James Nowak, Father Michael Gibbney, Father Lawrence Gibbs, Father Myles White and Father Fred Lyncyczk. Each of these priests is listed on the Diocese of Joliet’s recently updated “List of Priests with Credible/Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them.” You can find the recently released files for these priests here. The accused priests were actively involved in these diocese parishes:

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