IL- Cardinal is deposed tomorrow

For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, [email protected]) 

We are glad Cardinal Francis George will be deposed in the disturbing Fr. Daniel McCormack abuse and cover up case. But we are upset that some records about McCormack are still secret, even though George and other Catholic officials formally pledged 12 years ago to be “open and transparent” in these cases. 

We hope victims' attorneys will get to question George about his deceptive and reckless actions in other cases too, including those of Fr. Kenneth Martin, Fr. Joseph Bennett, Fr. Norbert Maday, Fr. John Calicott, Fr. Michael Yakaitis, Fr. Elijah Martin and about other church staff who ignored or concealed abuse, like Fr. Leonard Dubi and Fr. Edward Grace.

To some, the McCormack case may seem like “old news.” But the devastating and preventable pain of McCormack's victims is likely very much current. And there's still much more about this horrific case that remains hidden, we believe. Chicago citizens and Catholics deserve to know the full truth about the terribly selfish and irresponsible actions by several church officials that enabled a serial predator to assault more children.

Finally, keep in mind that almost every cleric tied to the McCormack scandal was subsequently promoted.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. 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 (314-566-9790cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, [email protected])


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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-05-29 16:41:15 -0500
    Yes, I agree with you Barbara Blaine. I too, truly hope that the plaintiff’s attorneys will be able to ask cardinal George about his handling of all of those other suspected, pedophile priests, as well.
    In fact, the more I read about cardinal George here, the more it sounds like HE should be arrested, put on trial and hopefully found guilty and ordered to spend the duration of his natural life, in prison, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
    Please keep us posted Mrs. Blaine, about whether or not these attorneys in the McCormack cases were in fact able to question cardinal George about those additional 6 suspected pedophile priests, and the 2 catholic priest enablers of these 6 catholic pedophile priests.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-05-29 16:23:57 -0500
    Lord, have mercy! It’s almost more than I can bear, to “keep in mind that almost every cleric tied to the McCormack scandal was subsequently promoted”. I will say that remembering that fact, at least makes me less sad about my own decision to quit being a catholic. Personally, I cannot support any organization or persons, who would not only abet, but also “reward” such heinous pedophiles.
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