May 12, 2006

Priest accuser's mother blames cardinal for abuse

Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 12, 2006

The Willowbrook mother whose child accused Rev. Daniel McCormack last August of sexually abusing him at a West Side Roman Catholic school said Thursday that Cardinal Francis George had endangered other children by not believing her son.

Cook County prosecutors have since charged the priest with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of five boys, including two who allegedly were abused after the mother alerted the archdiocese of Chicago that there might be a problem.

At a news conference Thursday, the woman sat beside a North Lawndale mother who says McCormack abused her son while the priest's contact with minors was supposed to be monitored by a peer at St. Agatha parish, where McCormack was pastor.

Both women, neither of whom wanted to be identified, filed a motion Thursday seeking punitive damages on top of civil lawsuits filed earlier this year.

Posted by kshaw at May 12, 2006 06:45 AM