Monday, March 20, 2006

Cardinal George's Mea Culpa

For the many missteps in responding to the accusations of sexual abuse of minors by Father McCormack, I accept responsibility.

For the tragedy of allowing children to be in the presence of a priest against whom an accusation of sexual abuse had been made, I am truly sorry. I should have focused more clearly on the actions we needed to take and I should have taken them more quickly.

For not following the advice of our independent Professional Responsibility Review Board to remove Father McCormack temporarily, even without a judgment about his actions, I am deeply sorry.
The archdiocese of Chicago releases its audit of clergy sex-abuse "findings and solutions."