Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, September 25, 2009

Serial predator priest McCormack to remain jailed; Sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

We're relieved that for at least a few more weeks, kids are safer because this shrewd serial predator priest will remain in custody.

A word of warning though: Everyone who spent any time with McCormack - victims, witnesses, church staff, school employees, parish members, even his fellow seminarians and potential archdiocesan whistleblowers - should look themselves in the mirror, search their consciences, find some strength, and call police and prosecutors now. Silence and complacency are irresponsible. Courageous action, not good intentions, safeguards kids.

Law enforcement officials must continue working hard to find the evidence that will keep this dangerous man off the streets.

It should be noted that if Cardinal George acted responsibly and sent McCormack to treatment years ago, when the first suspicions and allegations arose, none of this might have happened or be necessary now.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688, 314-503-0003 cell)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests