The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex Abuse Victims To Hold Vigil Backing Fired Catholic Principal
Woman Who Spoke of Crimes Is Off Payroll; Man Who Committed Crimes Is Not
Cardinal Forces Her To Leave School But Wont Force Him Into Treatment Center
For 1.5 Years, Criminal & Civil Charges Have Been Pending Against Fr. McCormack
Yet Hes Still Not Mentioned On Archdiocesan Websites List of Credibly Accused
And Not One Complicit Church Employee Has Been Disciplined For Cover Up, Even Now
SNAP Says Others Who Were Hurt by Molesters Or Witnessed Abuse Should Speak Up
-- all current and former church members and employees whove quit or been fired for speaking out about clergy sex crimes and cover ups, and
-- all children whove been victimized by Chicago clerics, especially by Fr. Daniel McCormack
Almost a year and a half ago, McCormack was criminally charged and civilly sued for molesting several boys. Chicagos Catholic community was roiled by revelations that church officials refused to suspend McCormack from active ministry despite a) his being arrested, b) multiple abuse reports and c) church documents showing that McCormack had been repeatedly accused of abuse for years.
Despite a damaging internal church probe that showed the failure of various archdiocesan departments, not a single church employee has been disciplined or even censured for their role or secrecy in the McCormack case.
Most of the group wants Cardinal Francis George to
-- discipline even one of the church officials who enabled McCormack to keep molesting,
-- force McCormack to live in a secure treatment center (instead of with relatives), and
-- list McCormack on his archdiocesan list of credibly accused child molesting clerics.
(Even now, one year later, McCormack is not listed on the archdioceses list of substantiated sex abuse allegations against priests)
SNAP urges anyone who suspected, witnessed or experienced abuse by clerics to come forward.
McCormack, 42, was ordained in 1994 and worked at St. Alibe church, St. Joseph Seminary (formerly Niles College)and Holy Family church.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests