The following list was created by the Diocese of Joliet’s own Review Board. The list reveals the extent of the problem of sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese since the 1960’s. The list indicates that the Bishops of the Diocese were receiving reports of abuse as early as 1962, yet the Diocese allowed the accused priests to remain in their positions for many years later. It gives the names of at least 28 priests who have been identified as being ...Read More ->
Pope Francis has been seen by some as very progressive. He asked forgiveness from those who were abused by priests, but are they ready to forgive so easily? We think it’s a step in the right direction that the new Pontiff is acknowledging the problem (even though we’ve heard it before), but does it really go far enough? One child abuse survivor spoke out to the Huffington Post, asking “Why can you be a child molester and a priest?”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/church-victim-responds-to-pope_n_5147250.html
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The Archdiocese of Chicago has released “documents relating to the sexual misconduct of thirty priests of the Archdiocese.” We have made them available for you to read. Click here to read the files on each priest, including Fr. Norbert Maday, Fr. Kenneth Brigham, Fr. William O’Brien, Fr. Robert Mayer, Fr. Henry Swider, Fr. John Curran, Fr. Raymond Skriba, Fr. William Cloutier, Fr. James Hagan, Fr. Joseph Fitzharris, Fr. Thomas Job, Fr. Robert Becker, Fr. Marion Snieg, ...Read More ->
Father Maday is alleged to have abused dozens of children before he was finally arrested and convicted. Nearly a dozen allegations were filed with the Chicago Archdiocese between 1997 and 2006. It also appears that the Archdiocese has long known that Father Mayday posed a danger to children. For example, in 1992 Father Mayday was “removed from St. Jude/So. Holland due to allegations brought to the attention of Pat O’Malley by the States Attorney.” [AOC003705] Father Maday, most recently, was ...Read More ->
Rev. Daniel McCormack was a teacher and basketball coach at Our Lady of the Westside (now St. Agatha Academy) school in Chicago, IL. He confessed in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys and served 2.5 years. More victims are coming forward and bringing lawsuits against the Chicago Archdiocese, claiming the Archdiocese failed to look into multiple allegations of abuse.
Daniel McCormack Defrocked
Rev. McCormack was defrocked in 2007 once the allegations ...Read More ->
In an open letter posted on the Archdiocese’s website, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archbishop of Chicago, announced he will be releasing “documents relating to the sexual misconduct of thirty priests of the Archdiocese.”
You can click the following link to read the entire letter: Chicago Archbishop Letter regarding abuse files
The Archdiocese has also disclosed the names of more than 60 priests who have “substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct with minors,” including their date of ordination, any action that has ...Read More ->
The Christian Brothers of Ireland, a Catholic religious order, has agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle the claims of more than 400 survivors of sexual and physical abuse. The order will also transfer ownership of various properties and certain insurance policies that may provide coverage of abuse claims.
In April 2011, two asset-holding corporations of the Christian Brothers, The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc., an Illinois corporation, and the Christian Brothers Institute, a New York corporation, filed for bankruptcy protection ...
The Illinois legislature today passed SB1399, which aims to substantially reform the statute of limitations in Illinois for civil claims based on childhood sexual abuse.
Although it must still be signed into law by Governor Patt Quinn, the bill would allow a lawsuit based on childhood sexual abuse to be commenced at any time so long as the claim would not have been barred under prior statutes of limitations ...Read More ->
Today we filed five new lawsuits against the Diocese of Joliet for sexual abuse that our clients suffered in the 1970s and 1980s. Below are links to news stories on the filings:
On April 26, 2013, our attorneys filed three separate lawsuits on behalf of 31 plaintiffs against the Congregation of Christian Brothers and its North American Province. Below is a summary of the claims. You can also read coverage of the filings by the Chicago Tribune.
In three separate complaints filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, our clients allege they were abused at either Leo High School or Brother Rice High School, in Chicago, or ...Read More ->