Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, January 18, 2010

Hearing set for notorious predator priest for tomorrow

Have not gotten confirmation from prosecutors whether they will go forward tomorrow or not

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747) on eve of scheduled hearing to determine if Dan McCormack is “sexually violent.”

We believe McCormack is extremely dangerous. He's young, smart, well educated, well spoken and as recently as a few years ago, molesting kids on an almost daily basis, according to prosecutors. He is savvy enough to target minority kids, often from lower income families with greater mistrust of law enforcement and thus less likely to call police and with fewer resources, and thus less likely to file civil lawsuits.

We also believe that since McCormack's crimes were enabled by archdiocesan officials, those officials have a civic and moral duty to now try and find others who saw, suspected or suffered the cleric's crimes and who might be able to play a role in keeping McCormack behind bars.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by since 1988 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

Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747
David Clohessy 314 862 7688

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests