February 12, 2006

Cardinal Pleas With Priests To Not Lead 'A Double Life'


CHICAGO (CBS) -- Francis Cardinal George on Saturday offered an apology, and a plea to the 850 priests in the Chicago Archdiocese.

As CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, the apology was for his handling of his case of the Rev. Daniel McCormack, who was indicted on Friday on sexual abuse charges. He was accused of sexually abusing three young boys in his church rectory, and the indictment on Friday stemmed from allegations from one of the boys.

“Our response… was sorely inadequate,” George said in a letter written last week and received by priests over the past few days.

“I apologize to each of you for not finding some way to at least provisionally remove McCormack,” George added in the letter.

Posted by kshaw at February 12, 2006 08:24 AM