Update: Sex Abuse Support Group Focuses on Cardinal George's Efforts

By Steve Miller

August 14, 2008

CHICAGO -- A support group for those who have been sexually abused by priests has combed the just-released archdiocese documents and deposition of Cardinal George -- and is accusing the cardinal of using his time and diocesan money to try to get a pedophile priest out of jail.

The priest in question: Father Norbert Maday -- removed from ministry in the early '90s and convicted of sexual assaulting of two boys and sentenced in 1994 to 20 years in prison.

Recently released documents, including a deposition of Cardinal George, show the cardinal wrote Maday in prison, telling him in a letter from 2000, "As you know, we are trying... to make some definite efforts to have a sentence reduction in your case. Hopefully, some good souls will see that six years of incarceration you have already endured are enough to satisfy the state and any sense of justice."

Letters like that one upset David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"If the cardinal wants to put energy into the issue of child sex abuse, let him put energy into safeguarding children, not putting children at risk."

In his deposition, Cardinal George indicated he has been trying to get Maday to go into treatment -- using the possibility of early release as a carrot.

Holding up the front page of the Chicago Tribune, David Clohessy said, "This is wrong."

The headline said: "Cardinal lifts the veil on abuses."

"The cardinal wasn't voluntarily deposed. The cardinal didn't voluntarily release that deposition. The cardinal did not voluntarily release the records that go with the deposition... The cardinal has been brought kicking and screaming into behaving like a reasonable person and a caring person would behave."

Clohessy and a group of other priest sex abuse survivors want the archdiocese to post on its Web site the photos, addresses and work histories of pedophile priests.

Right now, the archdiocese lists the priests by name only.

NewsRadio 780 has asked the archdiocese for a response.


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