The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding Investigation of McCormack's Crimes
April 26, 2006
Statement by David Clohessy
"We're grateful that police and prosecutors keep digging
into McCormack's crimes. Their work would be easier if Cardinal George
would act like a true shepherd and prod his flock to come forward if they
suspected, witnessed or experienced abuse by McCormack. Instead, George
passively sits back, waits for the phone to ring, and hope that it doesn't.
Time and time again we've begged him to personally visit the
places where McCormack has worked and gently but firmly urge Catholics
with knowledge of sex crimes to call the police. He refuses.
Centuries of secrecy won't end unless and until church officials
take affirmative, common sense steps to lead by example and show that
they indeed truly want the wounded to come forward and get help. Yet George
and his colleagues won't take simple, proven steps to help with a criminal
We again urge anyone who might have even a shred of information
or evidence about McCormack's crimes or George's cover ups to find the
courage and strength to pick up the phone and call law enforcement. When
victims and witnesses stay silent, kids keep getting hurt. When victims
and witnesses are brave enough to come forward, sometimes kids can be
protected, the truth can emerge, wrong-doers can be prosecuted and our
society can be made safer."
CHICAGO - Chicago police have presented prosecutors with three additional
"possible victims" of a priest already accused of molesting
Now, Chicago police say there could be more victims.
"We have presented three (more) possible victims to the state's
attorney's office," said Monique Bond, Chicago police spokeswoman.
"They are around the same ages as the other ones."
No new charges had been filed against McCormack as of late Tuesday.
The scope of the case against McCormack could become even larger.
Chancellor Jimmy Lago said the Chicago Archdiocese has received abuse
allegations about McCormack from "more than 12 but less than 15"
youths since January.
Lago said the new allegations have been reported to law enforcement authorities
and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
McCormack had been the pastor of St. Agatha Church on the city's West
Side. The Chicago archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George have been criticized
for not removing McCormack from the parish until he was charged in January
- months after one of the allegations was made against him.
George has accepted blame for his archdiocese's handling of the situation,
saying officials should have moved more aggressively to remove McCormack
"I thought that we had the process ... to take care of these things," George said in February. "Now, it turns out it wasn't adequate, that I wasn't adequate."
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests