2 Men Claiming Abuse By Ex-Priest Sue Archdiocese

CHICAGO (STMW) – Two more young men filed suit Thursday claiming that Daniel McCormack sexually abused them when he served as pastor at St. Agatha parish in the Lawndale community on the West Side.

Both men, ages 23 and 24, who listed their names as John G. and John H. Doe in individual lawsuits, claim that McCormack sexually abused them while he served as pastor at St. Agatha parish, 3151 W. Douglas Blvd, according to both lawsuits filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

One of the young men claim that between 2000-2003, he was abused more than 30 times while in 7th grade and through his freshmen year in high school, according to the suit.

The suit claims that the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Catholic Bishop of Chicago and Cardinal Frances George owed reasonable care to protect the young men from inappropriate sexual touching, contact and abuse by McCormack.

The two-count suit claims negligence and battery and seeks more than $100,000 in damages.

McCormack was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to charges he fondled five boys. It was unclear from court papers whether the boys in these cases were among the victims in the criminal case. McCormack remains behind bars.

Susan Burritt, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said that she had not seen the lawsuits and therefore could not comment.

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  • My thoughts

    more child molesting priest coming out, being exposed for their sick crimes, as the nazi pope awaits his furhers return so they can all goose step to the kool-aid….

  • Budcat1

    When I was 14-15 years old, I knew better.The only thing a priest would have gotten from me is several hard punches in the head.I just don’t get it.

  • Survivor

    Hey Budcat1, if you don’t “get it”, than why don’t you stop pontificating on a message board and educate yourself on sexual abuse to minors. I can guarantee you it’s not as “cut and dry” as your making it out to be. You need to learn how to see other’s people’s points of view, instead of using your point of view as the starting point, and then wondering why others don’t think, talk and act just like you do.

  • virgie1

    I agree w/ Budcat1. I am a survivor. I was abused for 2 years and was able to gather my senses and stop it at age 9. So, as a survivor, how can you not defend yourself at the age of 14-15? As a survivor, I don’t understand that at all.

    The suit claims that the church should have protected them. Well, as a survivor, I say how about protecting yourself? I don’t agree with what happened in any sense of the word but at some point you have to reason and help yourself. 14 and 15 is old enough where you can do something about it.

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