Chicago Archdiocese Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim Involving Father Fitzharris

On Monday, August 29, 2011, the attorneys of another sexual abuse victim of Father Joseph Fitzharris announced that they had reached a settlement with the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding the claim. The victim, who attended St. Francis Xavier Church in Avondale, claimed that he had been sexually abused by the priest In the 1980s. As part of the settlement with this victim and others, the Archdiocese has agreed to release information concerning 35 priests who have been accused of clergy misconduct. This office has handled numerous cases against Father Fitzharris and other priests involving claims of clergy misconduct.