February 10, 2006

Sexual abuse lawsuits filed against 2 priests

Chicago Sun-Times

February 9, 2006


The family of a boy who says he was sexually abused by a Chicago Catholic priest last year and a man who claims he was abused by another Illinois priest in the 1970s filed separate lawsuits Thursday.

One of the suits stems from allegations against the Rev. Daniel McCormack that surfaced last month when the 37-year-old priest was removed from a West Side parish and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Prosecutors say he repeatedly molested two boys between 2001 and 2005.

The lawsuit, filed in Chicago and seeking more than $50,000, names the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George. The diocese and George came under fire because McCormack was only removed from his duties the day he was charged-- months after an allegation was made last August. George has conceded that he failed to act soon enough in the case.

Posted by kshaw at February 10, 2006 08:18 AM