IL - More McCormack victims come forward, SNAP responds
We are not surprised that more victims of Fr. Daniel McCormack have come forward. He was one of the most prolific predator priests in the entire church, and we expect even more victims to come forward in the future, especially if victims such as these two men continue to find their voice and speak publicly about their abuse.
This is not an easy thing to do and can be very painful for survivors of abuse, but the example that they set for other victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers is extraordinary. We are proud of these men for coming forward, and we urge anyone else who may have seen, suspected, or suffered McCormack’s crimes to come forward.
When allegations against McCormack first surfaced years ago, we repeatedly begged Cardinal Francis George to mount an aggressive outreach effort to find and help more of McCormack's victims. George refused. So now, instead of prompt healing, we're seeing the horrific pain be needlessly prolonged and the embarrassing scandal play out over decades.
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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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.