The secret files show those in charge -- Cardinals Cody, Bernardin and George -- were informed of allegations dating back to the 1960s, and then Cook County State's Attorney Rich Daley was also made aware of some wrongdoing.
Former Chicago mayor Richard Daley says he's "absolutely shocked" his name appeared in the 6,000 pages of internal documents released by the Archdiocese of Chicago Tuesday regarding sexual abuse by priests.
Daley's name appears in regards to Father Robert Mayer, who served prison time for sexual abuse.
Underage drinking parties in Mayer's room at St. Stephens rectory were brought to the attention of the Des Plaines Police Department, and the documents show that then Cook County State's Attorney Rich Daley called the Archdiocese to say the "police captain is not held in high esteem." No charges were filed in the case.
Daley is currently out of town on business, but said through his spokeswoman Jackie Heard that he "didn't call anybody," and "has no recollection of calling anyone," and finds the whole thing "absurd."