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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2018

For more information:
Marlene Mulford: Office:(217) 698-8500
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Statement from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki Regarding The Illinois Attorney General’s Inquiry Concerning Clergy Sexual Misconduct

PRINGFIELD – In response to the announcement from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that she would like to have a conversation with the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Illinois about our handling of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests, I certainly agree to speak with her and pledge our diocese’s full cooperation with law enforcement officials to make every available effort to protect our people. We welcome this opportunity to review the firm commitments we have made and the concrete steps we have taken to protect against clergy misconduct in our diocese. We are also willing to consider any additional actions that would be helpful in making our safe environment program more effective.

Information about our diocese’s safe environment program and how to report abuse is available online at www.dio.org/safeenvironment.

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