Thursday, January 26, 2006

The unending scandal

Another Chicago-area priest has been indicted on molestation charges, accused by at least two boys of asking them to take off their pants in his presence. One boy was 8 years old the first time it happened.

And what's worse? The archdiocese was warned in 2000 about an incident involving the same priest and the same behavior. A nun who worked at a Catholic school where Father Daniel McCormack presided once a week hand-delivered a letter to the archdiocese about the 2000 incident. McCormack actually acknowledged then to the nun that he had used "bad judgment." That's his euphemism for asking a 4th-grade student who asked to be an altar boy to take down his pants so he could "measure" him.

McCormack wasn't relieved of duty as pastor of St. Agatha on Chicago's west side until this week, when a third accuser stepped forward; previously he had served as director of formation for Chicago's college seminary (!!) at Loyola University. (For those who don't know, he was responsible for ensuring the mature human development of seminarians.) Originally, the archdiocese placed another priest in the parish to "monitor" the accused when yet another boy made an allegation last August.

How much longer will it be before diocesan officials are indicted for conspiracy? The Chicago Sun-Times gets high marks for blowing this one open. The Chicago archdiocese supposedly has one of the best child protection programs in the country. Makes you wonder what's going on in dioceses with "bad" programs.


At 11:22 PM, Anonymous aud said...

And don't you wonder if the archdiocese would acted any differently if this pervert had been molesting little boys in a rich white suburban parish instead of a poor black west side parish.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Robert J. Moynihan said...

Its interesting how the archdiocese is blaming the victim's family, the police, the state's attorney, the media, and the nun who reported the incident. They have laid blame everywhere except with McCormack and themselves.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Jake said...

This priest was bad news for a long time -- manipulative, etc. He was the fairhaired Irish Jock pet of two rectors at the seminary. Should never have got to theology school...


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