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Principal's Contract Not Renewed Over Clergy Sex Abuse Criticism

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The principal of a Catholic school says her contract is NOT being renewed because she publicly criticized the Archdiocese’s handling of clergy sex abuse allegations.

Chicago Public Radio’s religion reporter Jason DeRose has more.

In a letter to parents of students at Our Lady of the West Side, principal Barbara Westrick says her contract was not renewed as usual on March 1st.

She believes the non-renewal comes because last December she criticized the Archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George for not informing her of abuse allegations against Daniel McCormack, who oversaw the school.

Principal Westrick’s attorney Patrick Walsh says the archdiocese knew about McCormack’s initial arrest in August of 2005.

WALSH: But after that arrest, he was reassigned to that parish and nobody at the school was given any warning or knowledge of that arrest.

Westrick has been the school’s principal for four years.

The Archdiocese of Chicago says it does not comment on personnel matters.

I’m Jason DeRose, Chicago Public Radio.

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