April 06, 2006

George says he thinks about priest abuse scandal every day


CHICAGO Cardinal Francis George says the Catholic church's system of protecting children broke down when the Chicago Archdiocese failed to remove a priest now charged with sexually abusing three boys.

The leader of the nation's third largest archdiocese told the City Club of Chicago today that the recent priest abuse scandal is something he thinks about every day. And George says the problem colors the good things the church tries to do.

The Reverend Daniel McCormack was charged earlier this year with sexually abusing three boys and is out on bond. His attorneys insist he's innocent.

The archdiocese has acknowledged that one of the charges stems from an allegation first made in August, but McCormack wasn't removed until months later.

Posted by kshaw at April 6, 2006 04:17 PM