The ‘Secret’ Is Finally Out: False Abuse Accusations Rampant Against Chicago Ex-Priest McCormack

Daniel McCormack abuse fraud

Busted: Claimants caught on tape scheming to bilk the Church and falsely accuse Daniel McCormack

It has long been a poorly kept secret in the neighborhoods near St. Agatha Catholic Church and within the offices at the Archdiocese of Chicago that most, if not nearly all, of the abuse accusations lodged against ex-priest Daniel McCormack are completely bogus.

For the past several years, MacCormack has been the subject of many breathless headlines in Chicago with each new ridiculous lawsuit claiming "repressed memories" of abuse. But now the secret is finally out in the open thanks to the serendipity of a jail telephone recording of a plaintiff trying to defraud the Catholic Church.

In fact, a Chicago judge has even ordered that the plaintiff repay the Church for the money it spent defending itself after the audiotape was revealed.

But that's not all. It turns out that this one case is just the tip of a very large iceberg.

The story was first reported by Michael J. O'Loughlin at America magazine.

Show me the 'free' money

In court documents, the scammer is only identified as "John J. Doe," a convicted criminal. And as O'Loughlin reports:

In June, just before Mr. Doe was released from prison, his cousin reassured him that he had been "working with the archdiocese … [A]nybody I say got touched, or didn't get touched, they believe me."

Mr. Doe replied that he needed "free money" and that he was happy to proceed with the suit as long as nobody had to "touch me for real."

By July, Mr. Doe had contacted a lawyer. He told his cousin during another phone call that he should be able to convince church authorities that he was also a victim because he had previously met some of Mr. McCormack's victims and even Mr. McCormack himself.

"Yeah boy," Mr. Doe said to his cousin. "I gotta go play that role."

Burying the lede

Unfortunately, O'Loughlin waits until the very end of his article to report the real story here:

Mr. [James C.] Geoly, [Archdiocese of Chicago] lawyer, said there are some other pending claims against Mr. McCormack that may be turn out to be false.

"We are defending cases right now and we certainly think there are some that are fraudulent," he said.

Earlier in the article, O'Loughlin had run to the lawyer-funded hate group SNAP and quotes the hysterical Barbara Dorris, who claims, without any evidence, that false charges against priests are "rare" and that "[t]his is going to make it harder for victims to come forward."

In truth, however, false claims like these will only make it harder for more false claims to come forward! As a matter of common sense and logic, if one case of fraud is uncovered, there are likely many more to be found. has recently contacted its sources in Chicago who have indicated that we likely have not heard the end of this story.

It was reported years ago – back in 2001, in fact – that an East Coast lawyer wrote, "I have some contacts in the prison system, having been an attorney for some time, and it has been made known to me that [accusing a Catholic priest of abuse] is a current and popular scam."

Some things never change!

Stay tuned.

[SEE ALSO: : Falsely Accused Priests (tag/multiple pages of archived posts)

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  1. Publion says:

    On then to ‘Dan’s of the 30th at 1141PM:

    Here ‘Dan’ tries to wave away the problem with his ‘thesaurus theology’ by apparently presuming that the thesaurus is somehow definitive because it equates all those terms as synonymous. I had said that the thesaurus options are precisely not synonymous, except to those who aren’t really knowledgeable in English or who can’t afford to be knowledgeable in English because the truth of how English works will endanger their delusional system and its presumptions.

    And then – marvelously – having lost track of his ‘thoughts’ as his delusionality is on a roll, ‘Dan’ doth declare that “you are … deceiving God”. As so often, ‘Dan’ breaks new ground in theological whackery.

    How ignorant can he be? As ignorant as his delusionality requires.

    • Dan says:

      Don't try your "ignorant" I'm Not/You Are bit on me, you've earned that title since you've been posting in this forum. Only recently we've had to add to the title, Ignorant Lying Son of Satan, to make it more accurate.

    • Dan says:

      And you're right, I should have said 'trying or attempting' to manipulate, deny and deceive God Himself. Everyone should know that Satan and his horde of demons, including you, could never deceive the One who knows all things. The nerve to even try, you compulsively lying ignorant hypocrite.  servant

  2. Publion says:

    On then to ‘Dan’s of the 30th at 1155PM:

    Here, ‘Dan’ lets all his whackery hang out: just about everything Catholic is “the Biblical ‘Great Whore of Babylon’” – doncha see?  ‘Dan’ doth truly know this because … well, by this point we all know why.

    And Vatican Rome is even worse than Imperial Rome – doncha see?  ‘Dan’ doth truly know this because … well, by this point we all know why.

    On then to ‘Dan’s of the 1st at 1201AM:

    And he tries to bring this maniacal vaudeville home with a God’ll-getcha threat.

    • Dan says:

      You're the one stating that "everything Catholic is "the Biblical 'Great Whore of Babylon". Although I included you, I never included all the other brainwashed followers of the cult, especially those who aren't "insistent liars" or "pedophile perverts" and might have the chance of coming to their senses and leaving the false church of lies.

  3. Publion says:

    A number of ‘Dan’s most recent bits here are merely ranting collections of epithets, usually evading the substantive points I presented.

    However on the 4th at 1028PM ‘Dan’ happily plop-tosses with a pearl-clutching bleat of victimized outrage: where, he plaints, had he “ever state that ‘by the age of 23 he had come to the conclusion that religions weren’t authentic” even “or some such” … ?

    He asks me “please don’t try to find it” (in the text of his comments, no doubt).  So I found the material he denies having said.

  4. Publion says:

    Continuing with my comment on ‘Dan’s of the 4th at 1028PM:

    I point out his comment of (Nov) 23rd at 122PM: He was born and lived as a Catholic “for the majority of [his] younger years (23)”. (The parenthesized number 23 in that quote is ‘Dan’s own statement.)

    At that point or some point not long after that, he had to have arrived at the judgment that all religions are inauthentic and/or false, as he stated here on (August) 26th at 1230AM:

    “I've told you and you know, your religion and all manmade religions are all FALSE. Got it, all of them. Protestant, presbyterian, catholic, buddhist, hindu, orthodox, episcopal, Jews without Christ, Jews with Christ, mormons, jehovah witnesses, atheists and whatever ones I missed you can add to the list. They're all led by those who are wrong, greedy, self-righteous, idolatrous, pedophiles, perverts, adulterers, cowards, unbelievers, liars, at times compulsive liars, cheaters, back-stabbers, wicked, deceivers, unrepentant, unremorseful, unforgiven, degenerate, flatterers of their own kind and defenders of evil.”