Archdiocese of Chicago: Daniel McCormack is just one of many offenders who've been allowed to offend in secret.

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Several boys were abused after McCormack was allowed to continue working at a Catholic school following previous complaints and his 2005 arrest. Read more:

US sex abuse victim sues Vatican for cover-up

The mother of a Chicago boy abused by a Roman Catholic priest sued the Vatican Wednesday for its alleged role in covering up clergy sex abuse.

The case comes just weeks after a landmark ruling in Oregon in which the Vatican was ordered for the first time to produce documents and answer questions under oath about its role in supervising a priest accused of a long pattern of child sex abuse.

Lawyer Jeffrey Anderson - who is also pursuing the Oregon case - said the boy's mother is suing the Holy See out of frustration with its failure to protect children from known abusers.

"The reason we have to do this is because Daniel McCormack is just one of many offenders who've been allowed to offend in secret," Anderson told reporters.

"Until there is change at the top, children remain at risk."

The boy's family reached a $1.6 million settlement in 2008 with the Archdiocese of Chicago after McCormack pleaded guilty to molesting five boys.

Several boys were abused after McCormack was allowed to continue working at a Catholic school following previous complaints and his 2005 arrest.

Anderson said the Oregon precedent opens the Vatican up to potential liability in clergy sex abuse cases, which have bankrupted eight US dioceses.

Anderson believes he can reopen the Chicago case because the Vatican was not party to the settlement and said he has a body of new evidence that leads "from McCormack to the pope."

 

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