IL- Predator priest arrested again
For immediate release Wednesday, May 21, 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 grateful for the victim and police who are working to get Fr. Daniel McCormack locked up again. He's one of Illinois' most egregious predator priests.
Chicago Catholic officials will no doubt try hard to distance themselves from him, arguing that he's been defrocked. But we think it's irresponsible for church officials to recruit, educate, train, hire, supervise, transfer and protect child molesting clerics, then suddenly pretend to be powerless once they are defrocked.
Top Chicago Catholic officials ignored warning signs, kept silent, and enabled McCormack to sexually violate perhaps dozens of boys. Those same Catholic officials have a moral and civic duty to help law enforcement pursue McCormack now, whether he's defrocked or not.
There are hundreds of parish bulletins, church websites and pulpits where verbal announcements could and should be made, imploring every single person who saw, suspected or suffered McCormack's crimes to call police immediately. Cardinal Francis George himself should personally visit every church where McCormack worked, begging his flock to step forward with what they know or suspect about McCormack. That's what a truly caring shepherd would do.
(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 15,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)