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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

SNAP statements regarding Fr. Daniel McCormack

Statement by Barbara Blaine of SNAP (312 399 4747)

McCormack is a young, aggressive serial predator who shows not a scintilla of remorse. Even after being questioned by police, kept molesting at least one boy on what prosecutors called "an almost daily basis." He is precisely the kind of unrepentant and dangerous child molester experts and legislators had in mind when the 'sexually violent predator' designation was drawn up.

He's a walking time bomb who has already devastated perhaps dozens of young, fragile lives.

Statement by David Clohessy of SNAP (314 566 9790)

If ever there was a compulsive, driven child molester, he's it. And since Cardinal George conveniently defrocked him, there's no chance that McCormack will get any real oversight or monitoring when he's released.

This is a disaster waiting to happen.

TEN REASONS WHY MCCORMACK SHOULD REMAIN IN CUSTODY

-- McCormack has expressed no public remorse for his crimes. (According to one news account, "When asked by the judge if he would like to make a statement to the court, McCormack declined.")

-- We've seen no evidence that he's apologized privately to any of his victims.

-- He uses all his skills to get close to kids - teaching, tutoring, preaching, and sports. (He was a basketball coach at parochial schools and taught algebra to 7th and 8th graders while assigned as pastor.)

-- Since he's been defrocked, there's no real chance of any 'monitoring' of him by archdiocesan staffers. (And even if there were such a chance, church employees have a terrible track record supervising their predator priests)

-- He's well educated, charming, charismatic - with the personal skills that make it easy for him to win the trust of unsuspecting parents and kids.

-- Dozens of child molesting clergy have legally changed their names so that even after getting out of prison they can gain access to vulnerable children.

-- Perhaps hundreds of current and former pedophile priests have fled to other countries, often Third World nations with fewer law enforcement resources, more archaic laws, and greater poverty - all factors which make molesting kids easier and make prosecuting predators tougher.

-- Many predator priests also steal money from church sources, stockpile it, and use it to cover their crimes, get top notch defense lawyers, flee the country, and take other steps to evade justice and stay around kids.

-- He's young and healthy, potentially with decades of unsupervised or minimally supervised time to hurt more innocent kids.

-- He's already enjoyed protection, benefits, deference and favoritism because of his exalted status as a priest. He doesn't deserve any more 'breaks.'


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