Updated 11/6/14 – 10:43 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has released 15,000 pages of internal files regarding the clergy sex abuse scandal, detailing how the church handled allegations against 36 priests.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Shower Chance By Daybreak
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, after a similar disclosure in January, the church has now made public previously secret files on 66 priests who sexually abused children over the past several decades.
“As we said in January, we are committed to transparency with the people we serve,” Cardinal Francis George said in a written statement. “We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue. Child abuse is a crime and a sin. The Archdiocese of Chicago is concerned first and foremost with bringing healing to abuse victims.”
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The file for one former priest, Walter Huppenbauer, is nearly 400 pages long.
Among the revelations, details of sex abuse involving priests like Robert Friese, who was described by a colleague as severely disturbed
Friese was convicted of sexually abusing a boy at a youth home from 1982 to 1984. The initial accusations involved fondling and other sex acts. The boy eventually ran away, and became a prostitute.
The case against former priest Peter Bowman shows how long abuse has been a problem. He was first suspected of abuse in the 1950s.