ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO RESPONSE TO THE NEW COMPLAINT REGARDING FORMER PRIEST DANIEL McCORMACK
December 11, 2013
The lawsuit filed today is based on an allegation the Archdiocese of Chicago received in September 2011.The Archdiocese promptly notified the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Department of Children & Family Services. The Archdiocese had previously removed Daniel McCormack from ministry in February 2006 and he was laicized in November 2007. We regret that the claim has not been resolved.
As we have done with other cases, the Archdiocese recommended this claim be submitted to an advisory panel of former Cook County judges and leading plaintiff and defense attorneys for evaluation and a settlement recommendation. We appreciate that the claimant has agreed to do so.
The advisory panel process was established by the Archdiocese in cooperation with claimants’ attorneys to provide a vehicle to resolve claims consistent with the Archdiocese’s pastoral responsibilities and with respect for the sensitivity of claimants’ concerns. More than 20 claims have been resolved through this process.
The Archdiocese has a long-standing practice of reaching out to victims of clergy misconduct to resolve their claims in a just, compassionate and respectful way and continues to work for the healing of those affected by the tragedy of child and adolescent sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Chicago is concerned first and foremost with the healing of abuse victims and has maintained a victim assistance ministry for more than 25 years. In addition, the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, charged with the prevention of abuse, has trained and processed background checks on more than 160,000 priests, deacons, religious, lay employees and volunteers; conducted more than 3,000 training sessions; and trained more than 200,000 children to protect themselves from sexual predators.
Information about reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, deacons or lay persons, no matter when the abuse occurred, can be found on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org, or by calling one of the Archdiocesan offices listed below.