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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ex predator priest loses twice in court; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director 414 429 7259

(NOTE - This morning, Daniel McCormack, the most notorious predator priest in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese, lost in court on his bid to keep his medical records private and to hold future court hearings involving him secret.)

McCormack's wishes for privacy are secondary. Society's need to protect kids comes first. So does law enforcement's need to seek out McCormack's accomplices and enablers.

Privacy is important, but a serial child molester loses some privacy when he assaults vulnerable kids.

Public court proceedings are the best way to protect the innocent and expose the truth.

Let's hope this news will prompt others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes, by McCormack or others, to come forward, get help, call police, protect kids, and start healing.

We're grateful to this judge for choosing openness over secrecy. We hope Chicago area Catholic officials will use their considerable resources to aggressively seek out others who may have been molested by McCormack.

(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)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests