March 28, 2006

Report: No effective monitoring in Chicago



Eighteen Chicago archdiocese “accused priest abusers” live at church-owned facilities under an “honor code” system where their activities and whereabouts are largely unsupervised. Some have regular access to children and other vulnerable people, such as nursing home residents.

Those are among the findings of a 58-page report commissioned by Cardinal Francis George following revelations that a prominent parish pastor was allowed to remain in ministry for more than four months following allegations of sexual abuse. The priest, Fr. Daniel McCormack, served as pastor of St. Agatha Parish on Chicago’s west side and as a coach and teacher at the parochial school it shares with two other parishes.

Following the August accusation against McCormack, George rejected a recommendation from an archdiocesan review board that the priest be removed as pastor of St. Agatha. Instead, another priest -- who lived at the rectory but whose ministerial duties were elsewhere -- was assigned to act as a “monitor” for the accused priest.

Posted by kshaw at March 28, 2006 10:58 PM