Chicago Archdiocese to release priest sex abuse documents today

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Archdiocese will release thousands of documents, detailing how church officials responded to abuse claims against 30 priests.

The documents are being released as part of settlements with abuse victims.

The Chicago Tribune reports the documents include complaints, reports from internal investigations and actions taken by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Church officials say 95-percent of the incidents occurred before 1988 and no priest with even one substantiated accusation of sexual abuse against a minor is in active ministry today.

The organization SNAP, The Survivors Network of those abused by Priests, says Cardinal Francis George is not being completely forthcoming and is hiding the identities of dozens of other priests who are accused of molesting childrenand he is refusing to give out any information about them because they belong to religious orders.

The public gets to see those documents next week.

Files related to former Priest Daniel McCormack will stay sealed by a judge because of pending court cases.

The Archdiocese plans to hold a news conference later Wednesday morning to discuss the document release, but Cardinal George is not scheduled to speak to the media.

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