February 22, 2006

Archdiocese says state failed to notify officials of abuse allegations


February 22, 2006 (CHICAGO) - The Chicago archdiocese says state social-services officials failed to notify the church that it had credible evidence that a priest had sexually abused a child.

Archdiocese officials say the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services should have told the church about its investigation of Reverend Daniel McCormack. He was charged last month with sexually abusing three boys.

The Chicago Tribune reports that D-C-F-S policy requires the agency to notify employers when it uncovers credible findings of abuse.

D-C-F-S says it's still looking into the matter.

Archdiocese officials have acknowledged they didn't act quickly enough when allegations against McCormack first surfaced last August.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2006 09:45 AM