Another state has discovered the Catholic Church hasn't been honest about priest abuse in its ranks.
Catholic dioceses in Illinois have self-reported 185 priests who have been accused of molesting minors in their care. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this week that's not even 30 percent of the actual number.
"First-time allegations were not taken seriously," she began. "Priests who were dead at the time the allegations were made were not investigated. Order priests were not investigated by the diocese. If a priest left the country, it wasn't investigated. If the survivor wanted to remain anonymous, it wasn't investigated."
Her report found that dereliction of duty means more than 500 offending priests were ignored or passed along to other states.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says the Catholic Church still hasn't figured out the reason for its vast scandal. "They should have come to grips with the fact that homosexuality is the root problem here – but they didn't," he points out. "So now the attorneys general from Illinois, Pennsylvania, and other states are coming in and trying to correct the problem."
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have ongoing or recently completed investigations into clergy abuse in the Catholic Church. But LaBarbera says few of those will dare name what's been called the "Lavender Mafia" in the Roman Catholic Church as the source of its troubles.
"It's men with teenage boys – that's what we're talking about in the vast majority of cases," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is why we say that the Church is still in denial when they try to frame this as a pedophile story."
On Friday, Pope Francis vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.