Illinois Supreme Court Justice Says Government, Not Church, Should Investigate Catholic Sex Abuse

By Brian Mackey

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 hierarchy.

Burke is a lifelong Catholic who was part of the 2002 National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People.

She says the ongoing revelations about sex abuse by priests — including last week’s grand jury report in Pennsylvania — show it’s time for government authorities to investigate, not the church.

“If they had only done what we asked them to do — and what they asked us to do — was to find out how many offenders and how many victims there were,” Burke said Friday in a telephone interview. “But they withheld. They withheld the information. It’s obvious.”

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