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Almost 400 Catholic priests, staff in Illinois accused of child abuse

The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images

Attorneys representing clergy sex abuse victims released the names of 395 Roman Catholic priests and laypeople on Wednesday in Illinois, all who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, with some cases stretching back more than half a century.

The big picture The disclosure of the names, assignment histories and photographs of the clergy members in the 182-page report comes as the Catholic Church grapples with backlash over the growing number of child sex abuse scandals around the globe.

Poland's Catholic Church says 625 minors abused by priests since 1990

A demonstration outside a Catholic Church in Warsaw, Poland against catholic priests who committed pedophilia.
A demonstration outside a Catholic Church in Warsaw, Poland against catholic priests who committed pedophilia. Photo: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Poland's Catholic Church leaders released a study on Thursday that said 625 minors have been abused by 382 priests from 1990 through June of last year — a revelation marking the first time officials have ever presented statistics about the scope of the child sex abuse problem there, the AP reports.

Details: Officials found that 345 victims were under age 15, 280 victims between 15 to 18 and 58% of the victims were male, per the AP. The report comes as the Catholic Church, one of the world’s most powerful institutions, grapples with backlash over the growing number of child sex abuse scandals around the globe.

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