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CHICAGO (JGL) – A dead Filipino priest has been named Wednesday (March 20) as one of the nearly 400 Catholic clergy members in Illinois publicly

accused of sexual misconduct in the state's six dioceses, including 115 in Chicago Archdiocese.

Jeff Anderson & Associates, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based law firm and Forst Pearlman of Bannockburn, Illinois, published the report that included names, background information, work histories and photographs of 395 priests and lay people accused throughout the state.

The 182-page report also included Philippine-native Fr. Albert (Alberto) Tanghal as one those accused of being included in the Chicago's Archdiocese's list of “Clergy with Substantial Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”

A native of the Philippines, Fr. Tanghal was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1991. At least one survivor accused Fr. Tanghal of child abuse. He was removed from the ministry in 2000 and in 2003.



Fr. Tanghal's whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 2,000 until his death are unknown. He died in the Philippines in 2003.

Fr. Tanghal was first assigned in 1991 at the Holy Spirit, Schamburg, IL; then at Our Lady of Ransom, Niles, IL from 1991 to 1995; St. Leonard at Berwyn, Illinois from 1995 to 1996; St. Priscilla in Chicago, Illinois. He went on Sabbatical from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he was assigned at St. Priscilla Church again. His whereabouts was unknown in 2002 and 2003.

Aside from priests, which are the vast majority of the accused, the report also included four nuns, a seminarian, a teacher, several deacons.




Out of the 395 priests accused of sexual abuses, 115 of them belong to the Diocese of Chicago; 22 each from the Dioceses of Bellville and Rockford, 43 from the Diocese of Joliet; 29, Diocese of Peoria; and 23, Diocese of Springfield. Some 147 religious clergy and laypersons in various dioceses were also accused of sexual misconduct.

Anderson’s report showed out of 115 clergy members from the Chicago Archdiocese, 77 were priests who have been officially recognized by the church as having substantiated abuse claims made against them.

The Anderson report also said that of the 395 people listed statewide, only 192 have been identified by the church as substantiated abusers.

The Archdiocese of Chicago said it releases the names of every priest who has had a substantiated allegation against him and turns over the names of these to law enforcement.

A list on the Chicago Archdiocese’s website shows all 77 priests with substantiated allegations were either removed from public ministry or laicized, or have passed away.


JEFF ANDERSON & ASSOCIATES believes that there are likely hundreds of alleged perpetrators within the Dioceses and religious orders in Illinois whose names have never been made public. The fight for information and the names of those alleged perpetrators continues.

The Chicago Archdiocese provided background information Wednesday on another 22 of the 203 people in Anderson’s report who do not appear on the church’s public lists of substantiated abusers.

Two of the 22 are Chicago Archdiocesan priests who have been withdrawn from ministry pending ongoing criminal investigations. Another 10 were dead before the first allegation against them was received. Eight more were cleared after allegations against them were deemed unsubstantiated. One of the final two cases involved the alleged abuse of a person who was not a minor, and the other was a former seminarian who was criminally charged in 1993.


Only one of the 22 priests is still in active ministry in Chicago. Accusations against the priest were investigated and were not confirmed by police, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Archdiocese’s Independent Review Board, the Archdiocese said.

The discrepancy between Anderson’s report and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list was apparent as the Chicago Archdiocese doesn’t publish names of priests who are currently under investigation or of those who passed away before allegations were made, according to Chicago Archdiocese attorney John O’Malley.

O’Malley said Anderson's report should not have included in the list those against whom allegations had already been investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated.

O'Malley added Wednesday, “It looks like Anderson is describing someone in [the Chicago priest’s] situation as a perpetrator and I think that’s a problem. Police didn’t decide he was a perpetrator. The archdiocese did not. Jeff Anderson did. People are entitled to their reputations until proven otherwise.”

Anderson said his priority was protecting the alleged victims of abuse, not the church.

There are about 3.4-M Catholics and 2,284 priests in the state's six dioceses of Chicago, Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield.


Outgoing State Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday that the Catholic Church in Illinois failed to disclose hundreds of claims of sexual abuse against priests and clergy members, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The six Catholic dioceses of Illinois previously released the names of 185 clergy members who church officials determined were “credibly” accused of sexual abuse. But Madigan issued a preliminary report that found there are at least another 500 clergy that the Illinois’ dioceses have received allegations about but have not publicly acknowledged or thoroughly investigated.

Madigan launched her investigation in August after a landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed claims against more than 300 “predator priests” who had abused at least 1,000 victims over spanning roughly six decades.

By choosing not to thoroughly investigate allegations, the Catholic Church has failed in its moral obligation to provide survivors, parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois,” Madigan said in a statement. 

Since the Pennsylvania report four months ago, law enforcement officials from up to 45 states have sought assistance from authorities as they pursue  allegations of misconduct by Catholic priests and related efforts to conceal that abuse by the church, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Fourteen state attorneys general so far have publicly acknowledged that they have launched separate clergy abuse inquiries, while the U.S. Justice Department is in the midst of a broader review disclosed in October by church officials who had received demands for documents. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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