Lawyer Posts Abusive Priests'
By Andrew Herrmann
August 15, 2008
An attorney who represented victims of pedophile priests in a settlement
with the Archdiocese of Chicago posted on his Web site Thursday the addresses
and, in some cases, phone numbers of some of the alleged offenders. [See
"I have no problem people calling them and asking them if they're
still abusing kids," said attorney Jeff Anderson, who posted the
names of nine men cited in the $12.7 million settlement.
Pedophiles have high recidivism rates, "and they live in somebody's
neighborhood," said Anderson, who posted the names on his site, andersonadvocates.com.
"I can't put them behind bars, but I can alert people that they live
in their communities," said Anderson, of St. Paul, Minn., who compiled
the list off documents and research related to the case.
"This is something the archdiocese should have done. This is what
needs to be done," said Anderson, whose firm claims to have represented
more than 3,000 victims of sexual abuse.
Archdiocesan spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said Anderson "told our lawyers
that he intended to post them," adding that "what he chooses
to post is totally up to him." The archdiocese's Web site -- archchicago.org
-- names 62 priests no longer in ministry because of substantiated allegations
of sexual misconduct with minors, she said. [See the original
3/20/06 list; see also the list
as downloaded on 9/15/08. As of that date, the archdiocese's URL for
the list was http://www.archchicago.org/c_s_abuse/report_032006/list.pdf],
but note that the file name still dates the file 3/20/06, although the
file has been revised since that date, and it is the revised file that
is posted by the archdiocese.
Some men on Anderson's list, such as Norbert Maday and Daniel McCormack,
are incarcerated. Calls to the numbers of others listed went unanswered
However, Donald Ryniecki, the former principal of St. Joseph the Worker
Church school in Wheeling, who was never criminally charged but was named
in the settlement, told WBBM-AM (780) he had no comment on his Downstate
Hebron address and number being made public. "The less said ... end
of comment," he said.
At a press conference this week, victim Bob Brancato, 39, said he was
raped at ages 12 and 13 by Ryniecki and the Rev. James R. Steel. Brancato
said the abuse "will never be over for me" and that he is prone
to flashbacks in the supermarket when he sees a brand of soap he used
to use to clean himself after being abused.