A Cook County, Illinois man has filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Francis George and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago alleging that Augustinian Brother Christopher J. McCartney sexually molested him several times in the 1970s, while McCartney worked as the dean at St. Rita of Cascia High School.
According to the lawsuit, the man did not recall the alleged molestations until 2011, however he says that he is “still haunted by the torture I endured as a teen.” According to the suit, in 1977 or 1978, the man was pulled out of class several times by McCartney, who then removed the then-boy’s pants and fondled him.
The lawsuit says the Archdiocese of Chicago was negligent for not investigating reports of sexual abuse made against McCartney while he worked at St. Rita’s, which is an all-boys Catholic school.
An official with the Augustinians of the Midwest said McCartney was not employed by the archdiocese as the lawsuit claims, but by the Augustinian order. Rev. Bernie Scianna, the prior provincial of the Augustinian order said that he has no knowledge of any sexual abuse complaints made against McCartney, the Chicago Tribune reports. Scianna said McCartney was the dean of St. Rita’s from 1973 to 1978, after which he moved on to other assignments and parishes until his death in 2002.
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Roman Catholic Diocese Sued over Abuse in 1970s