The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Ex-Chicago priest may head America’s bishops
Sex abuse victims urge that he be defeated next week
He ignored warning signs & let notorious pedophile be ordained
His recklessness enabled now-convicted predator to molest kids, group says
SNAP: “Promoting Kicanas would send hurtful message to victims & Catholics”
They will also blast the cleric (now a bishop) for
Kicanas is one of several top Chicago church officials who knew about or heard of serious accusations of child sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by Fr. Daniel McCormack. (Kicanas headed the seminary which McCormack attended.) Like several of his colleagues in the Chicago Archdiocese, Kicanas did little or nothing to report these allegations to police, warn parents about McCormack, or protect children from McCormack.
After his ordination, McCormack faced charges of molesting more than 20 boys. At least one boy, prosecutors say, was assaulted by McCormack on a nearly daily basis. McCormack is now behind bars.
SNAP believes that it’s wrong and callous for America’s bishops to promote a prelate with such a disturbing track record on abuse. Such a move will further discourage victims, witnesses and whistleblowers who seek to safeguard kids and expose predators.
Kicanas is now the bishops’ conference vice-president and by custom, the vice president almost always gets chosen for the presidency. There are, however, several other bishops in contention for the post.
Three years ago, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, also severely implicated in the McCormack controversy, was elected to head the bishop’s conference. He’ll step down on Tuesday.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests