March 15, 2006

Suit: Archdiocese ignored warnings on priest

Chicago Sun-Times

March 14, 2006


"If the parents aren't pushing it, let it go." That's what a nun who reported instances of sexual abuse by the Rev. Daniel McCormack was told by an Archdiocese of Chicago official, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of a minor who was reportedly abused by McCormack at St. Agatha's Parish. The suit names the Archdiocese of Chicago and Francis Cardinal George as defendants.

The suit claims the archdiocese was told repeatedly by a nun who was principal of the elementary school at Holy Family Parish that McCormack was sexually abusing children, but the archdiocese ignored her warnings.

In one instance in the winter of 2000, the suit claims the nun reported to the archdiocese that McCormack had asked a fourth-grade boy to pull down his pants in the sacristy of Holy Family Church.

Posted by kshaw at March 15, 2006 07:35 AM