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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, November 19, 2009

New legal move by serial predator priest postpones hearing today

A hearing set for this morning involving the most notorious pedophile priest in Chicago archdiocesan history has been delayed because the ex-cleric has filed a new motion. He's asking a judge to forbid state authorities from seeking to have him declared a "sexually violent person." The case is being continued until December 17.

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP, 314 503 0003

Daniel McCormack is doing what he learned from his former employer, the Catholic archdiocese: use every means possible to delay justice. We believe his motion will fail, and hope that these proceedings will move forward quickly for the sake of his deeply wounded victims.

This delay could, of course, end up hurting McCormack, if it enables other victims, witnesses and whistlblowers to come forward and share what they know about the ex-priest's crimes with law enforcement.

(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 for 21 years 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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests