Priest affiliated with Archdiocese of Chicago schools accused of sex abuse


October 18, 2020

By Andy Koval, Rob Sneed, and Judy Wang

A retired priest still affiliated with multiple Archdiocese of Chicago schools has been asked to step aside following a sexual abuse claim at an orphanage approximately 50 years ago.

Cardinal Blase Cupich asked Father Daniel McCarthy to “step aside from ministry” after the archdiocese received an allegation from their Office of Child Abuse Investigations. The allegation stems from when McCarthy was assigned to Angel Guardian Orphanage in Chicago approximately 50 years ago.

McCarthy is currently retired, but serves as the pastor emeritus for Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity School, a K-8 school on the Northwest Side. McCarthy has been asked to “live away” from the parish while the matter is investigated.

According to Notre Dame College Prep’s website, Father McCarthy is the school’s chaplain. On April 27, the school celebrated his 53rd ordination anniversary. McCarthy has also been Resurrection College Prep’s school chaplain. It’s unclear if he still holds the role, but he did as of last year.

Cardinal Blase Cupich issued the following letter to the Saint Elizabeth community …

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