January 30, 2006

Cardinal To Meet With Concerned Parishioners


Kristyn Hartman

(CBS) CHICAGO Cardinal Francis George is set to meet tonight with parishioners from St. Agatha Catholic Church, the site of controversy since its priest was accused of sexual abuse.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be closed to media, CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports. Parishioners will have the opportunity to talk to George about their concerns.

What George needs is courage, critics say.

"We need Cardinal George to step up up to the plate and to take the courage to remove predators when he thinks there is a possibility that there could be true allegations,” said Barbara Blaine, of Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, which handed out worksheets Sunday in protest of the accused priest.

The West side church's Rev. Daniel McCormack was arrested last week and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of two young boys at St. Agatha Catholic Church. A third later made allegations against him.

Posted by kshaw at January 30, 2006 07:49 AM