Among the records: Abuse-related expenses cost the archdiocese more than $400,000 in the last two years and more than $6 million in the last decade.
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A bevy of appeals of decisions in the bankruptcy case as well as other federal and state lawsuits indicate the plan will not be the last word, however.
Faith and Justice: The U.N. report on the Vatican's role in sexual abuse could have improved the church's handling of sexual abuse; instead, it was an editorial screed.
The Vatican said it would continue to adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child despite what it views as unfair criticism and suggestions that would violate church teaching.
In a blistering rebuttal of Chicago Cardinal Francis George's response to the release of the files on priest abusers, Fr. Tom Doyle analyzes in painful detail what the cardinal wrote in his Jan. 12 column in the Chicago New World. Doyle finds the cardinal "defensive, misleading and insulting in addition to the fact that it does not reflect the reality of the key issues." He takes particular aim at the cardinal's discussion of the case of Dan McCormack and his denial that he acted contrary to the findings of his own review board.
The Francis Chronicles: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should also look at ways to collaborate with a new papal advisory commission on abuse, the pope said.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not pursue criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to report clergy sex abuse allegations of two priests.
Fr. Norbert Maday was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault. The Chicago archdiocese fought for his early release.
The release of the 6,000 pages of past allegations, reports and procedures is part of a 2008 settlement between the archdiocese and alleged victims.
Copies of correspondence show the papal nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, claimed diplomatic immunity in response to repeated requests for archival documentation.