January 28, 2006

Cardinal George: Process To Report Priest Abuse Was Ignored


Mary Frances Bragiel Reporting

CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio 780) -- Cardinal Francis George says it's necessary to have a public conversation regarding the charges of sexual abuse against Rev. Daniel McCormack.

WBBM Newsradio 780's Mary Frances Bragiel reports Saturday, the day after the cardinal was released from a hospital after dizziness from an inner ear imbalance. He told reporters he is feeling much better.

The priest is charged with molesting two boys at St. Agatha's Church on the West Side. For the delay in removing the priest, George stopped shy of blaming the Archdiocese but did admit the process in reporting the alledged abuse was not followed. He said the victim needed to come forward to the Office of Professional Responsibility within the Archdioces. That did not happen.

And without credible evidence, the cardinal says he could only have him monitored by another priest and not removed from the ministry.

George wouldn't say if he believed McCormick was guilty.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2006 07:53 PM