IL- Victims push for more predator priest files

Victims push for more predator priest files

And they react to action by United Nations panel

SNAP testified about Chicago abuse case in Geneva

Group wants Cardinal George to release more records

“Opening the Fr. McCormack files is crucial,” victims say



Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will push Chicago Catholic officials to

--release more records about predator priests, and

--ask a court to disclose files about Chicago's most notorious child molesting cleric, Fr. Daniel McCormack. 

They will also respond to a historic, just-released United Nations panel's report on how the Vatican is dealing with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.


Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:00 pm


On the sidewalk outside the Chicago archdiocese chancery office, 835 N Rush, St, in Chicago


Four-five adults who belong to a self-help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( Some were molested as kids; others are concerned Catholics. One, SNAP's founder, has made two trips to Geneva in connection with the UN process and testified before the panel.


1) At 5:00 a.m. central time Wednesday, the Geneva-based United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will issue a much-awaited report on whether Vatican officials are complying with a treaty on children's rights. ( It will likely be posted here:  and here   )

US members of SNAP, including Chicago's Barbara Blaine, testified before the UN panel and were in Geneva last month when Vatican officials did the same. SNAP also submitted a lengthy report 

Both verbally and in writing, SNAP cited the troubling 2006 case of Chicago's Fr. Daniel McCormack as one of many examples showing that Catholic officials still endanger kids, protect predators and hide information about known and suspected child sex crimes from police and prosecutors. 

SNAP also cited a 2012 Chicago Tribune report about 32 proven, admitted or credibly accused US predator priests who have been sent or have gone overseas, sometimes to evade law enforcement.

No matter what the panel does, SNAP believes that this has already been a historic and helpful process for wounded victims and vulnerable kids “that will help “deter present and future callousness, recklessness and deceit”: by church and secular officials dealing with child sex crimes and cover ups.”

2) And two weeks ago, records about 30 Chicago archdiocesan predator priests were released by victims and their attorneys. At that time, Cardinal Francis George promised that he would release records on dozens of other child molesting clerics. He refused to say when, however, and has said nothing since making that pledge. 

For the safety of kids, SNAP believes this process should start immediately and move quickly, focused first on those clerics who are still alive and not incarcerated.

Finally, the group also wants George to try to persuade a judge to unseal records in the McCormack case. Of all the 121 publicly accused Chicago area child molesting clerics, McCormack's records are the most important to disclose, SNAP believes, because those documents may well reveal names of current and/or recent church employees who acted irresponsibly. 

If George and his top aides have “improved” their handling of clergy sex abuse reports, SNAP says, they should not be keeping these records secret and should be glad to help persuade a judge to release them. 


Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, [email protected], David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell,[email protected], Kate Bochte 630 768 1860 (cell), [email protected] 

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  • Patricia Sulecki
    commented 2014-03-06 16:53:40 -0600
    Why can’t hundreds /thousands of victims; here in the( United States) get together an sue the Pope ? this is 2014 ? enough is enough; No more rape " No more abuse" No more Torture on Children, Women & Men ; From any Catholic official " NO MORE ABUSE !
  • Patricia Sulecki
    commented 2014-02-18 09:03:17 -0600
  • Friend E
    commented 2014-02-15 19:41:36 -0600
    The release of more records as well as the head on acknowledgement that these very inappropriate acts occured and were hushed up may be the only chance a victim has to heal and understand they were not the BAD person in the act. I for one have to find out what the statue of limitations in fact is in NYS. I intend to Break The Silence……Enough trusting human beings have been fractured due to the lack of response!
  • Gail Howard
    commented 2014-02-05 14:35:50 -0600
    Thanks to those who demonstrated today for the release of more records. For those for whom the statute of limitations prevents legal action, the release of more records is especially important!
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-02-05 12:29:12 -0600
    Thank you, SNAP members, for going there and doing this. I cannot do so. I can’t even donate money to the cause. But, I hope to give you encouragement that YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS CAUSE!
    If we cannot literally carry out , the words of advice by Christ in Matthew, Mark and Luke, then I hope and pray that at the very least we can have these criminals brought to court, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. And, that accomplishing that, will compel the catholic church to cease and desist in its heinous and corrupt inclusion and endorsement of the “acts of pedophiles” and the catholic church’s evil coercion of civil authorities to “ignore” these criminals and their crimes. They MUST BE STOPPED.
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