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Abuse files on 30 priests go public

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Internal documents showing how officials from the Archdiocese of Chicago handled allegations of child sexual abuse by priests are about to become public.

In this March 14, 2013, file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Rome, Italy. Internal documents showing how officials from the Archdiocese of Chicago handled allegations of child sexual abuse by priests are about to become public. File picture: Michael Sohn. Credit: Associated Press

Victims' attorneys will post thousands of documents online on Tuesday, about a week after receiving them from the archdiocese as part of legal settlements.

Attorneys say the documents will show the archdiocese concealed the abuse for decades, including moving priests to new parishes where they molested children again.

Cardinal Francis George says the disclosures are an attempt at transparency and a means to help victims heal. He's also apologised to victims and area Catholics for the abuse.

He's stressed the documents pertain to abuse that happened before he became archbishop.

The documents are for 30 of 65 priests for whom the archdiocese says it has credible allegations. - Sapa-AP

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