7 predator priests tied to Illinois

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403101 05: The collar of a priest is seen at St. Adalbert Catholic Church March 29, 2002 in Chicago, IL. Good Friday’s “Way of the Cross” services is celebrated by Roman Catholics all over the world. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan says more than half a dozen priests, with ties to Illinois, are named in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania which details sexual abuse of more than 1,000 child victims. 

The documents show more than 300 predator priests came from six diocese. 

Madigan released the following statement:

The Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois. We have reviewed the Pennsylvania grand jury report, which identifies at least seven priests with connections to Illinois. The Chicago Archdiocese has agreed to meet with me. I plan to reach out to the other dioceses in Illinois to have the same conversation and expect the bishops will agree and cooperate fully. If not, I will work with states attorneys and law enforcement throughout Illinois to investigate.

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