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Chicago archdiocese agrees to pay another $3.15 million to McCormack victims

April 14, 2017

The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $3.15 million to settle the latest in a series of lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse by the laicized priest Daniel McCormack.

The archdiocese has now committed to pay over $10 million to victims of McCormack. In separate lawsuits, these victims have demonstrated that church officials had evidence that McCormack could be a threat to young people as far back as 1994—before he was ordained by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin—but allowed him to continue in ministry until 2006.

McCormack was jailed in 2007 after pleading guilty to several counts of sexual abuse. When he became eligible for parole in 2009, prosecutors invoked an Illinois law that allowed them to keep him under confinement, saying that he remained an imminent threat. He was laicized in 2007.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Apr. 16, 2017 6:49 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Bernardin again. Why do such men continue to be selected as Cardinals? Are there so few worthy, orthodox priests with the necessary gifts to be bishops, and so few worthy, orthodox bishops to be Cardinals?

  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 15, 2017 10:03 PM ET USA

    This is in addition to the tens of millions already paid by the Chicago Archdiocese to McCormack's child victims and their lawyers. And it hugely overshadows the $250,000 pledged by Card. Cupich to a program to combat violence in Chicago.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 15, 2017 1:38 AM ET USA

    Two peas in a pod. Chicago diocese, namely the family in the pews, continue to suffer and pay for the crimes of the few. Not clear that the upper echelon of the archdiocese has learned its lesson. We shall see. Pray for the poor parishioners.