Chicago archdiocese hid decades of child sex abuse

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:11 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

CHICAGO (AP) - Top leaders at the Archdiocese of Chicago helped hide the sexual abuse of children as they struggled to contain a growing crisis, according to thousands of pages of internal documents that raise new questions about how Cardinal Francis George handled the allegations even after the church adopted reforms.

The documents, released through settlements between attorneys for the archdiocese and victims, describe how priests for decades were moved from parish to parish while the archdiocese hid the clerics' histories from the public, often with the approval of the late Cardinals John Cody and Joseph Bernardin.

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