January 26, 2006

Accused priest's past is probed

Chicago Tribune

By David Heinzmann and Charles Sheehan, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune staff reporters Manya Brachear, Jeff Coen and Jason George contributed to this report

Published January 26, 2006

Chicago Catholic Archdiocese officials said Wednesday they are investigating a West Side priest's past, looking for other allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

Rev. Daniel J. McCormack was charged last week with abusing two boys at St. Agatha's Church, 3147 W. Douglas Blvd. Church officials say they will investigate his conduct at other churches and schools, including a South Side parish.

Investigators also will look into his time as director of formation at St. Joseph's Seminary at Loyola University, where he lived in the dormitory with seminarians. His duties included advising them on their path toward the priesthood, said Archdiocese Chancellor James Lago.

Since the charges emerged Saturday, the family of another boy contacted the Tribune and described a 2001 incident in which they say McCormack took the boy aside during basketball practice and pulled down the boy's shorts. That family has contacted the Cook County state's attorney's office, authorities said.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2006 08:20 AM