While rector of Mundelein Seminary in the 1990s, Bishop Gerald Kicanas says he knew about three reports of “sexual improprieties” against then-seminarian Daniel McCormack.
Still, Kicanas supported McCormack’s ordination, he told the Sun-Times.
“It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him,” said Kicanas, now bishop of Tucson, Ariz., who was interviewed Tuesday after his election to vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Mundelein officials learned in 1992 about sexual accusations against McCormack involving two adult males and a minor. The incidents began in 1988 when McCormack was at a seminary school known as Niles College, according to archdiocesan reports.
“There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience,” Kicanas said. “I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that.”…
“I don’t think there was anything I could have done differently,” Kicanas said.
Update: See comments by Diogenes at Catholic World Report.