US House Chaplain Has Ties to Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

The chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives is connected to one of the more notorious priest abusers in the Archdiocese of Chicago. When Rev. Daniel Coughlin served as Vicar for Priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago, he had sought the early release from prison of Norbert Maday who had been convicted of sexually abusing two teenage boys. In 1999, 10 months before assuming the chaplaincy post in Congress, Coughlin wrote a letter urging the Wisconsin Parole Commission to release Maday into the custody of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the letter, Coughlin stated that Maday would be supervised and “live in a residence where his activities are monitored and he may never be in the presence of a minor without another adult present.” However, a an audit of this facility found it severely deficient in its monitoring ability.
This information came to light when Cardinal George’s deposition was taken. The transcript of the deposition was released earlier this year and George’s testimony revealed the Archdiocese’s efforts to free Maday and downplay his abusive past.
The House of Representatives chaplaincy post is considered a plum assignment and Coughlin was released from his duties in the Archdiocese of Chicago in spite of having tried to free a known and convicted sex abuser. This type of news really hurts Cardinal George’s credibility when he continues to proclaim that he is trying to protect children. The evidence quite clearly points to the contrary. Once again, a priest who aids and abets an abusive fellow priest is rewarded for his behavior. No wonder the situation hasn’t changed much in the Catholic Church.