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The Archdiocese of Chicago has been forced to add ten names to its list of clergy it acknowledges sexually abused kids. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms that the Catholic Church had not previously disclosed the names of these confirmed sexual predators. The sexual abusers the Archdiocese added to its list are:

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  1. Edmund F. Burke - Chicago Archdiocese priest;
  2. Thomas Carroll Crosby - Chicago Archdiocese priest;
  3. Dominic Aloysius Diedrich - Chicago Archdiocese priest;
  4. Thomas Francis Kelly - Chicago Archdiocese priest;
  5. Patricio William Batuyong - Chicago Archdiocese deacon;
  6. Louis Wojtowicz - Chicago Archdiocese deacon;
  7. Sleeva Raju Policetti - Extern priest;
  8. Czelaw Przbylo - Extern priest;
  9. Eusebio Pantoja - Religious order priest; and
  10. Carlos Peralta, S.D.B - Religious order priest.
“The church continues to actively and systematically conceal clergy sex abuse. Victims don’t know whether their attackers had a history of abuse, and they don't know the diocese had been enabling that abuse. You can't very well exercise your right to sue when the people responsible are doing their best to cover up.”
- Michael T. Mertz

This latest disclosure follows the identifiable pattern the Catholic Church uses in its cover-up of priests sexually abusing children. The FBI has found that the Catholic Church had “a playbook for concealing the truth:

  1. First, make sure to use euphemisms rather than real words to describe the sexual assaults in diocese documents. Never say "rape"; say "inappropriate contact" or "boundary issues."
  2. Second, don't conduct genuine investigations with properly trained personnel. Instead, assign fellow clergy members to ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work.
  3. Third, for an appearance of integrity, send priests for "evaluation" at church -run psychiatric treatment centers. Allow these experts to "diagnose" whether the priest was a pedophile, based largely on the priest's "self -reports," and regardless of whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child.
  4. Fourth, when a priest does have to be removed, don't say why. Tell his parishioners that he is on "sick leave," or suffering from "nervous exhaustion." Or say nothing at all.
  5. Fifth, even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses, although he may be using these resources to facilitate more sexual assaults.
  6. Sixth, if a predator's conduct becomes known to the community, don't remove him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized. Instead, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser.
  7. Finally and above all, don't tell the police. Child sexual abuse, even short of actual penetration, is and has for all relevant times been a crime. But don't treat it that way; handle it like a personnel matter, "in house."

If a Catholic priest or deacon has abused you in Chicago, or anywhere in the United States, you may still have time to pursue a case against the Catholic Church and its local Archdioceses and Dioceses.

Our attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz currently represent many individuals who were abused by Catholic priests, in some cases as far back as the 1950’s. Our firm has successfully challenged state laws that limit the time for victims of sexual abuse to file suit against institutions like the Catholic Church. If a Catholic priest has abused you in Illinois, or anywhere in the United States, please contact us at (312) 553-4900.

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