January 31, 2006

Cardinal faces angry parishioners

Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 30, 2006, 11:01 PM CST

As authorities investigated a new allegation that a West Side priest repeatedly abused a minor, Cardinal Francis George on Monday night faced angry parishioners at the church the priest once led.

"I'm sorry to be with you because this occasion is one that shames me certainly," George said.

The crowd of more than 200 at St. Agatha Catholic Church hammered him with the same question again and again about the abuse allegations against Rev. Daniel McCormack that date back to 2000: Why didn't we know sooner?

The emotional meeting came on the same day that another allegation against Rev. Daniel McCormack surfaced, at least the fifth in less than two weeks.

Posted by kshaw at January 31, 2006 08:18 AM