The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Urge Cardinal To Visit Predator's Workplaces
SNAP Wants To See More Jail Time for McCormack, Given His Long Abuse History
Pedophile Should Be Forced Into Secure, Treatment Center When Released, SNAP Says
Group Also Blasts Church Officials For Letting Priest Live Wherever He Wants
Catholic Hierarchy Continues "Inexcusable Recklessness," Organization Claims
Even Now, Despite Criminal & Civil Charges, He's Not On Church "Credibly Accused" List
the eve of an expected plea deal involving Chicago's most notorious recent pedophile
priest, clergy molestation victims will hand out fliers to mass-goers urging Chicago's
Cardinal Francis George to
They'll also publicly call for more prison time for Fr. Dan McCormack and ask that he be forced to stay in a secure treatment center whenever he's released from jail.
On Monday, McCormack is expected to plead guilty to child molestation. According to prosecutors, he assaulted one 11 year old boy "on an almost daily basis" from Sept. 2005 until Jan. 2006. McCormack was kept in ministry for years despite several reports of child sexual abuse, including repeated written and verbal ones from a Catholic nun seven years ago to archdiocesan staff.
SNAP has repeatedly urged Chicago Catholic officials to "aggressively and immediately" reach out to parishes where McCormack worked and emphatically remind Catholics that they have a moral and civic duty to call police if they know or suspect anything about child sex crimes. They feel this is the only way to begin breaking through a decades-old pattern of church secrecy about child molestation, and the best way to help make sure more criminal charges are brought against McCormack and get his victim's help.
The group has been highly critical of what they call the archdiocese's public relations obsession with meaningless policies, procedures and panels that get "revised" each time church officials are caught being deceitful and reckless with child safety. Action, not words, SNAP says, truly safeguards kids.
For nearly two years, despite multiple credible allegations and legal action against McCormack, George has refused to order him to stay in a treatment center for pedophiles. He has also refused to add McCormack to his list of "credibly accused" pedophile priests.
Since McCormack is still a priest on the payroll, SNAP wants George to force him to live in a safe treatment facility when he's released from jail.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests