Catholics are being played again, this time in Illinois.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a report by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General on the Catholic Church:
"Catholics are being played again, this time in Illinois.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released a report by her office on sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy in Illinois. Before addressing her report, consider the backdrop to her investigation.
A few years ago, one teacher at a Northwestern Pennsylvania high school, Brother Stephen Baker, was reported to the authorities on grounds that he allegedly molested a minor in the 1990s. Who reported him? His bishop, Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak.
What happened next? The Pennsylvania Attorney General, who is now in prison, launched a state-wide probe of six of the eight dioceses in the state. That was all it took-one old case to ignite a huge probe of nearly all Catholic dioceses in the state extending back to World War II."