IL- Chicago predator priest released from prison; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
Norbert Maday, an ex-Chicago predator priest who was convicted in Wisconsin for molesting boys, will be released from prison in the next few weeks. We suspect he’ll move back to the Chicago area, and we call on Chicago Catholic officials to use their vast resources to warn families about him.
Maday was convicted in 1994 on three counts of sexual assault and one count of intimidating a victim and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
He was ordained in 1964 and graduated from St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein (in the same class with two other Chicago predator priests: Fr. Robert Mayer and Fr. Ralph Strand. Maday worked at St. John of God in Chicago (1964-66), St. Leo's in Chicago (1966-1969), St. Louis de Montfort in Oak Lawn IL (1969-77), St. Bede the Venerable in Chicago (1977-83), Our Lady of the Ridge in Chicago Ridge Il (1983-89), and St. Jude the Apostle in South Holland IL (1989-1992). He was also the associate director of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth.
In 2007, he was defrocked or laicized. That does not, however, relieve Catholic officials of the duty to protect others from him. Chicago archdiocesan staffers recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained, supervised and transferred Maday. They still have an obligation to try to keep him from assaulting more children.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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