Fr. Daniel McCormack will have his day in court after all. From the AP:
A May first hearing is scheduled for a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing several children in Chicago.
McCormack appeared in a Cook County courtroom today. And Judge Thomas
Sumner agreed to a private meeting with his defense attorneys and
prosecutors so they could discuss a possible plea agreement. They met for about an hour in the judge’s chambers. Afterward, Sumner scheduled the status hearing.McCormack
is charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He’s
accused of fondling five boys at Our Lady of the Westside School’s two
campuses and the nearby St. Agatha Catholic Church.
He’s pleaded not guilty.
And: the Archdiocese of Los Angeles responds to news coverage about Cardinal Mahony’s differing statements about an accused priest. Here’s the initial L.A. Times story. And the AP account. And the archdiocese’s response.