Settlement of another lawsuit against defrocked priest McCormack: $2.3 million; Victims responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322- 7434, [email protected]
This most recent lawsuit against Father McCormack is very disturbing and shows the influence that predators have in the areas where they live and work. The 12-year-old child and alleged victim in this case was not a member of the parish where Daniel McCormack worked.
In addition, this victim was abused for the second time after McCormack had been arrested for abuse. However, the priest was allowed back into the parish and had not been placed on any restriction of ministry or put in a secure facility away from children, according to the suit. He was free to continue to prey on children in the parish and neighborhood.
We hope anyone who has suffered abuse will come forward and begin healing. We encourage anyone with information about these crimes to contact local law enforcement.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)