Abuse survivors demand more files

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IOL pic jan22 chicago church abuse Associated Press 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 have become public. File picture: Michael Sohn

Chicago - Victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago area are vowing to keep pushing for information on how the Chicago Archdiocese handled allegations.

They're encouraging other victims to come forward, and asking that Cardinal Francis George fire those involved in shielding priests.

Documents involving 30 priests were posted online on Tuesday by victims' attorneys.

The documents showed how top officials tried to contain the scandal, including by moving accused priests around while hiding histories.

Attorneys say they will push for files on another 35 priests.

The abuse occurred before George became archbishop in 1997. But many victims didn't come forward until he was appointed and after US bishops pledged in 2002 to keep all accused priests out of ministry.

George has acknowledged he was slow to take action and has apologised.

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