Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is set to give a deposition on May 29, in a group of lawsuits involving the former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack. Because of George's physical condition, the deposition is considered standard procedure and could possibly be used in lieu of trial testimony, according to one of the plaintiff's lawyers.
The questioning could last all day and is likely to focus on what George knew about McCormack and when he knew about it. Plaintiff's attorneys have criticized George for promoting McCormack and keeping him on at a West Side parish, even after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors and then later released. An archdiocese lay review board voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing McCormack from the priesthood in 2005, but George reportedly didn't follow the board's advice.
McCormack was recently arrested on May 22 on new sexual abuse charges. The archdiocese has already spent millions to settle cases against the defrocked priest.
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~Alex Silets, Taurean Small and Yasmin Rammohan contributed to this report.
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