CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Archdiocese has settled another lawsuit – for millions of dollars – filed by a man who says he was abused by Father Daniel McCormack almost a decade ago.
This settlement is for $2.3 million.
The alleged victim: now an adult, but known in legal documents as John Doe 184.
The accused: 45-year-old Daniel McCormack, the former West Side priest convicted of sexually abusing boys and now in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Attorney Jeff Anderson represents the plaintiff in this latest settlement.
“The numbers of victims of Daniel McCormack alone have yet to be fully revealed, but we know of at least two dozen that have been identified through the litigation that we’ve done.”
Anderson says Archdiocese files on McCormack and other priests Anderson says are credibly accused molesters are expected to be released in January.
The Archdiocese has released a statement which confirms settlements.
“For the most part,” the archdiocese says, “the cases discussed today are decades old and it is important to note that no priest with even one credible allegation of abuse is in active ministry…It has long been the practice of the Archdiocese to reach out to victims regardless of when the abuse occurred and attempt to resolve their claims without the stress of an extended legal process. We remain committed to resolving sexual abuse cases in a way that results in a prompt and fair settlement for the victims and their families.”