In Response To "Security Upgrades" In Archdiocese of Chicago
September 25, 2006
Statement by Barbara Blaine of
"At best, this is a long-overdue short-term fix. The real solution
is two-fold: first, church officials must disclose fully and promptly
to law enforcement what they know of these crimes, so that molesters can
be investigated by police and charged by prosecutors, instead of shielded
by their Catholic peers. Second, lawmakers must reform Illinois' unfair
and archaic statute of limitations so that these sex offenders can be
tried and perhaps jailed.
It's a tragedy that even these piecemeal, common sense steps are being
taken only because of public pressure and only after the devastating crimes
of Fr. McCormack and continued secrecy of Cardinal George have been exposed."