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Chicago Archdiocese releasing abuse files involving dozens of priests, as victims seek answers

FILE - In this May 11, 2011 file photo, attorney Jeff Anderson speaks at a news conference Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in Chicago about a lawsuit he filed suing the Vatican on behalf of a woman whose son was sexually abused by Chicago priest Father Daniel McCormack. Looking on is attorney Marc Pearlman. The Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, will hand over thousands of pages of documents involving clergy sex abuse to victims’ attorneys, who plan to make them public next week as part of a years-long attempt to hold the Church accountable for its handling of abuse allegations. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
January 14, 2014 - 10:05 PM

CHICAGO - The Archdiocese of Chicago is getting ready to release thousands of pages of documents involving clergy sex abuse.

Attorneys for abuse victims will receive the documents Wednesday, and they'll make the documents public next week as part of a yearslong effort to hold the church accountable for how it handled allegations against priests that date back decades.

Attorneys say the church in some cases concealed crimes and permitted priests to continue working in situations that allowed them to abuse more children.

The archdiocese agreed to release the files as part of settlements with abuse victims.

The documents include complaints and other files for about 30 priests with substantiated abuse allegations.

Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and Catholics. He says no priests accused of abuse are in active ministry.

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