March 20, 2006

Chicago Archdiocese releases findings of priest abuse investigation

Belleville News-Democrat

Associated Press

CHICAGO - Members of the Archdiocese of Chicago likely will be reprimanded for failing to respond promptly to allegations of sexual abuse against a priest who is now facing charges, Cardinal Francis George said Monday.
The archdiocese on Monday released the findings of investigations into its response to allegations made against the Rev. Daniel McCormack. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month to aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.
The report found that various archdiocese departments responsible for dealing with such allegations failed to communicate. It also found that the archdiocese didn't follow its own procedures and it determined that a policy of monitoring priests accused of sex crimes is inadequate.
The findings were based investigations conducted by two outside consultants and an internal review.

Posted by kshaw at March 20, 2006 01:49 PM