Catholic Church

State Week logo (capitol dome)
Brian Mackey

This week, rallies at the statehouse over gun rights and abortion; still more questions about legalized sports betting; and despite the launch of a new awreness campaign, another State Trooper killed by a semi-trailer on the highway.

via Annie Thompson / Office of The Attorney General of Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois six Roman Catholic dioceses failed to disclose at least 500 sexual abuse cases involving priests. That’s one of the first findings the office has released so far in its ongoing investigation of the dioceses.


Jimmy Baikovicius via Flikr / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is continuing her investigation of the state’s six Roman Catholic dioceses, and now says criminal prosecution is a potential.


Anne Burke
Illinois Supreme Court (via uis.edu)

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is again pressing Catholic church officials on the issue of abuse.

Anne Burke
Illinois Supreme Court (via uis.edu)

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is calling for a new investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Church authorities are doing just that, but Burke says the matter cannot be left to the Catholic heirarchy.

Daniel Biss speaking to group
Office of state Sen. Daniel Biss

Recently, several social policy debates have moved  from the legislature to the judicial system.

Chicago Archdiocese

Chicago's archbishop says the Roman Catholic Church has told him it will begin searching for his successor because of his ``uncertain'' health as
he undergoes chemotherapy.
 
 Cardinal Francis George spoke Friday about upcoming canonizations of two popes
and his health, almost a month after being hospitalized for flu-like symptoms and dehydration.
 
He says lengthy, formal process has not begun, but will start soon.
 
The 77-year-old spiritual leader of Chicago's more than 2 million Catholics said he'd like to meet his successor.