Accused Priest Co-Celebrated at C.P. Church
Crown Point: Diocese Said It Isn't Investigating Unless It Receives Complaints

The Times
January 28, 2006

CROWN POINT | A Chicago priest accused of sexually abusing children has co-celebrated Masses at St. Mary's Church, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary is not investigating the visits.

The Rev. Brian Chadwick, a diocese spokesman, confirmed Thursday that in recent years the Rev. Daniel J. McCormack has helped celebrate baptism and first holy communion Mass at the Crown Point church involving local family members who attend St. Mary's.

Chadwick said the diocese has procedures in place to handle claims that are made, but does not have reason to investigate in this instance.

"We act when we're given a claim or an allegation," he said. "We don't presume to find those out unless contacted. Then we investigate them diligently."

McCormack was charged last week with abusing two boys at St. Agatha's Church on Chicago's West Side, where he was a senior pastor. Church officials also now are investigating his conduct at other churches and schools.


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