The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $3.15 million to settle the latest in a series of lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse by the laicized priest Daniel McCormack.
The archdiocese has now committed to pay over $10 million to victims
In separate lawsuits, these victims have demonstrated that
church officials had evidence that McCormack could be a threat to young
people as far back as 1994 — before he was ordained by the late Cardinal
Joseph Bernardin — but allowed him to continue in ministry until 2006.
McCormack was jailed in 2007 after pleading guilty to several counts
of sexual abuse.
When he became eligible for parole in 2009, prosecutors
invoked an Illinois law that allowed them to keep him under
confinement, saying that he remained an imminent threat.
He was laicized