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There. Is. No. Connection.

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 28, 2006

In earlier interviews with news media, Chicago's versatile Fr. Dan McCormack was too modest to mention his past accomplishments as a utility infielder.

The Rev. Daniel McCormack was arrested last week and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of two young boys, and a third later made allegations against him.

But CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has learned that the Cook County state's attorney's office has received contact from a former classmate of McCormack's at Niles College, a pipeline for candidates bound for the priesthood at the seminary in Mundelein.

That former classmate claims that when both he and McCormack were students at Niles College in 1988, he awoke to find his pants pulled down and McCormack standing over him.

Levine has spoken to both the alleged victim and a classmate that victim confided in at the time. Both have asked to remain anonymous, but they confirm the incident recounted for us by others as well.

This morning's meditation, boys and girls, comes from America magazine's recent editorial:

Anything that seeks to remove gay men and women from the place that is theirs within the body of Christ by virtue of their baptism or to deny their contributions to the church should, of course, be rejected. So should anything that conflates homosexuality with pedophilia or ephebophilia. The connection between them is unsupported by any credible empirical evidence, and the scapegoating and vilification of gay priests is against Christian charity.

I added the emphasis, but I'm sure the editors would be happy I did.

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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Jan. 29, 2006 5:20 PM ET USA

    No evidence? The Archdiocese of Los Angeles “Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse…” reveals that 657 individuals brought accusations of priestly sexual abuse in the archdiocese between 1930-2003. The overwhelming majority (79.1%) of the alleged victims were male (see page 15). Similarly, the USCCB’s report (The Nature & Scope…) indicates that 80.9% of the 10,667 incidents of alleged sexual abuse between 1950 and 2002 by a Catholic priest or deacon were against males (sec. 4.3).

  • Posted by: - Jan. 29, 2006 12:34 PM ET USA

    If the American church continues to shield homosexuals and support their "dignity" is it beyond a philosopher's reach to think that the American church is headed toward a schism like the Anglicans on the same issue? Words mean nothing without action. The only seminarians and priests who I'm hearing about are those who are outed by the public not bishops. Also great point that homosexual men are really interested in converting young boys and men to the wonderful wacky world of gay.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 28, 2006 1:50 PM ET USA

    "To date, the visits have left a sour taste in only one spot, the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. There, two visitors out of an 11-member team reportedly asked questions about the sexual practices of seminarians that risked invading their consciences, or “internal forum.” In response, the rector confronted those visitors with the support of the archbishop heading the team, ending the questioning." http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2006a/010606/010606h.php

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 28, 2006 1:41 PM ET USA

    The buck stops with the rector at Mundelein. What did he know and when did he know it? Period.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jan. 28, 2006 10:40 AM ET USA

    It is quite common that when an investigator has a bias that he indicates it when he writes on the subject. I propose that the folks at America reveal biases. When I read a defense of homosexual perversions I tend to think that it is just a pervert defending his perversion. Of course the editor would never assign a biased journalist to report on a story where he is compromised. That should be made clear to the readers so that they will not doubt the objectivity of the story.

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