Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Serial predator priest’s bid to stop commitment hearing denied; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Isely, Midwest Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259)

We in SNAP are grateful for every single day this dangerous predator priest spends behind bars and hope he'll eventually be locked up for a long time so that kids are protected.

We're also grateful to the brave children and their families who have helped police and filed lawsuits so McCormack was exposed and convicted.

Keeping McCormack jailed as a 'sexually violent predator' is the second best option. Charging him with more crimes is an even better approach. That will only happen, however, if others who saw, suspected and suffered his crimes find the courage to come forward - to police, prosecutors, therapists and independent groups like SNAP that can help them heal.

We again call on Cardinal George to use his vast resources to beg victims and witnesses to call law enforcement if they have any information about McCormack's crimes. George can either help the police protect kids from a predator or sit back and do little or nothing. We hope he makes the responsible choice. (Remember - it was the archdiocese that recruited, educated, ordained, hired, transferred and shielded McCormack for years, giving him nearly limitless access to vulnerable children.)

(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 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests