Family of Alleged McCormack Victim Sues Archdiocese

By Mark J. Konkol
Chicago Sun-Times
August 21, 2008,CST-NWS-abuse21.article

The family of a boy who allegedly was molested by former Catholic priest and convicted sexual abuser Daniel McCormack filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Archdiocese on Wednesday.

The family's attorney, Kenneth Cunniff, said he expects the lawsuit will be resolved in a "substantial settlement" next week. Cunniff declined to elaborate.

The lawsuit claims McCormack molested the unnamed boy at Our Lady of the Westside School in September 2004 and again at a White Sox game in August 2005. Archdiocese spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said the lawsuit is "not a new case" of abuse. She said the lawsuit is the "finalization of a legal process on this particular case."

The lawsuit comes a week after the archdiocese agreed to a $12.6 million settlement with 16 victims who were abused by 11 priests.

McCormack pleaded guilty last year to sexually abusing five boys.

Records released last week show as many as 23 abuse allegations against him have surfaced. One of McCormack's victims allegedly was abused after Cardinal Francis George received an archdiocesan review board recommendation to remove him from St. Agatha Parish.

In a deposition taken over eight hours, George told attorney Jeffrey R. Anderson, who represented eight victims involved in last week's settlement, that he made mistakes in the handling of sex abuse allegations.

Regarding the lawsuit filed against McCormack on Wednesday, Anderson said that any abuse that happened in August 2005 certainly happened after the archdiocese had been made aware of allegations against McCormack.


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