Bishop Parocki responds to Illinois AG Op-Ed

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2018 Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Responds to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Op-Ed Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called me on Monday, August 27, and we discussed her announcement of August 23 stating that she would like to have a conversation with the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois about our handling of allegations of “sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests.” I shared with her my statement of August 25 in which I said that “I certainly agree to speak with her and pledge our diocese’s full cooperation with law enforcement officials to make every available effort to protect our people. We welcome this opportunity to review the firm commitments we have made and the concrete steps we have taken to protect against clergy misconduct in our diocese. We are also willing to consider any additional actions that would be helpful in making our safe environment …

Statement from Bishop Paprocki Re: Vigano Testimony

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Statement from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Regarding the Testimony of the Former Apostolic Nuncio SPRINGFIELD – The former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has revealed a set of facts and circumstances that are deeply troubling as they relate to the awareness, actions, and inactions at the very highest levels of the Church. Archbishop Viganò has provided his written testimony stating that Pope Francis “must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests. In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013 and continued to cover for him.” When asked about this aboard the papal plane on his return flight from Ireland on August 26, Pope Francis said, “Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment. I will not say a single word on this.” Frankly, but with all …

Bishop Paprocki responds to Illinois Attorney General

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2018 Statement from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Regarding The Illinois Attorney General’s Inquiry Concerning Clergy Sexual Misconduct SPRINGFIELD – In response to the announcement from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that she would like to have a conversation with the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois about our handling of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests, I certainly agree to speak with her and pledge our diocese’s full cooperation with law enforcement officials to make every available effort to protect our people. We welcome this opportunity to review the firm commitments we have made and the concrete steps we have taken to protect against clergy misconduct in our diocese. We are also willing to consider any additional actions that would be helpful in making our safe environment program more effective. Information about our diocese’s safe environment program and how to report abuse is available online …