Judge Slams Jesuits for "Sham" Efforts to Control Pedophile Priest Donald McGuire

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Donald McGuire, pictured with an alleged victim and Mother Teresa in 1991
An Illinois judge sharply criticized the Jesuit order in a ruling issued yesterday for not taking adequate steps to rein in defrocked priest and twice-convicted child molester Donald McGuire, asserting that McGuire was preying on teenage boys "right under the noses" of his superiors and that rules established to protect minors from him were "a sham."

The ruling allows punitive damages to be levied against the Jesuits if they lose a lawsuit over McGuire's four-decade career as a predator priest that is now pending in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit names as a defendant the Chicago Province of the Jesuits, where McGuire was technically based. McGuire -- an eminent Jesuit who served as spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa -- taught at the University of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s, and ministered to Bay Area families extensively throughout the 1990s.

"The court accepts that the Jesuits are a religious order with a rich history of service to the faithful," Judge Jeffrey Lawrence wrote. "However, the leaders of the Chicago Province fell far short of this ideal. Plaintiffs have amply demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of proving facts at trial which would support an award of punitive damages."

The lawsuit is being brought by several victims of McGuire, including one of two boys from Walnut Creek he allegedly molested. The Jesuits had argued that punitive damages should not be permitted in the suit because McGuire's bosses had no way of controlling him and the wayward priest flaunted his order's vows of obedience.

But Lawrence, noting that the Jesuits received nine "credible" complaints against the priest over 33 years, rejected that argument. He stated that rules the Jesuits issued forbidding McGuire from ministering to minors were never enforced. "The guidelines they set for him were a sham," he wrote in his ruling. Moreover, Lawrence noted, the Jesuits proactively lied to other church officials about McGuire's troubled past.

"The record shows more than mere acquiescence," he stated. "By 1998, the Chicago Province possessed sure and certain knowledge of McGuire's predations. Notwithstanding, it wrote a good standing letter to the Archdiocese of Chicago which stated that it had never received reports of any improprieties committed by McGuire and that there was no reason to restrict his ministry to minors ... it is clear that the statements in this letter were knowingly untruthful."

You can read the full ruling here.

The decision could pave the way for a multimillion-dollar payout from the Jesuits if the alleged victims prevail at trial. In his ruling, Lawrence noted that the case is "strikingly similar" to another recent Illinois lawsuit over clergy sex-abuse that resulted in a $5 million judgment against the Diocese of Belleville.

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Altarboyalteredlife
Altarboyalteredlife

Kudos to Judge Jeffrey Lawrence for being courageous enough to confront the Catholic Church hierarchy (in this case the Jesuits) for the "sham" they are. I know first hand the number of years these cases take, and so to the plaintiffs in this case I say - keep fighting! I finally understand what Mother Teresa meant when she said she questioned her faith for 50 years; having McGuire as a "spiritual guide" probably added to her lack of faith. She most likely "tapped into" his "sham".David PriceAuthor - Altar Boy Altered Life

Frankie Dyba
Frankie Dyba

McGuire had an excellent teacher... Father Thomas Sullivan SJ, who roamed the Jesuit halls from the late forties until '92 when he died. Raised in SF, Sullivan spent his time in LA attached to Loyola High, running retreats and raising money from his close wealthy friends, including Conrad Hilton. Sullivan would invite the children he met at Loyola to go for a swim at the Conrad Hilton home where he would sexually abuse them... scarring them for a lifetime. Sullivan traveled extensively with Conrad Hilton, and considered to be the "Father confessor"for the Hilton family. "Hmmm", Hard to believe that no one in the Hilton house didn't know what was going on. Counting the 2 billion dollars Barron Hilton donated to the Catholic Church/Jesuits, Sullivan was responsible for raising 2 billion 25 million. ... "Anyone you want, Father Sullivan."

Alvarezryther
Alvarezryther

I am grateful for this and all publicized revelations regarding abuse of children in the church. We, we who were raised Catholic, have a conditioned response, put into us as children, to see all clergy as holy and incapable of wrong. I have slowly been disolving my own blocks to remember my own abuse and to forgive myself and see that I was innocent. I was not sexually abused, but humiliated and slapped around. I am so sorry for those who have carried something as horrible as sexual abuse for years.  The suffering of children is not enough to make the news, though. That's why I am glad for the punitive damages; because that makes news. We need these accounts to be public so we can all heal.

 

Loyola Alum
Loyola Alum

Jesuit Fr. Alfred Naucke of Los Gatos was linked to the convicted criminal, Fr. Donald McGuire according to this extract from “Appalling Jesuit Cover-up” accessible through a search-engine.

June 1, 2000:   “The Jesuits are notified by Fr. Alfred Naucke, the Socius of the California Jesuit Province, with Los Gatos headquarters that [Jesuit Fr. Donald McGuire now serving a 25-year federal sentence since 2008 on charges of molesting minors over a period spanning four decades] may be the legal guardian of 14 year old John Doe 116, and that they were going to be living together

Loyola Alum
Loyola Alum

Jesuit Fr.Alfred Naucke of Los Gatos linked to the convicted criminal, Fr. Donald McGuireaccording to an extract from “Appalling Jesuit Cover-up”(cut and paste to your address bar if necessary):http://andersonadvocates.com/F...

June 1, 2000:   “The Jesuits are notified by Fr. Alfred Naucke, the Socius of the CaliforniaJesuit Province, with Los Gatos headquarters that [Jesuit Fr. Donald McGuirenow serving a 25-year federal sentence since 2008 on charges of molestingminors over a period spanning four decades] may be the legal guardian of 14year old John Doe 116, and that they were going to be living together.”  

Ustrutynski
Ustrutynski

The judge got it right.  Whatever good the Jesuits did in centuries past, none of it excuses the depraved indifference they demonstrated in the McGuire case.  Those of us that were also victimized by Jesuit priests, are all too familiar with the Order's evasive tactics and failure to accept responsibility forthrightly.  Having placed their reputation above the safety of the children put in their charge, it is only appropriate they reap the consequences of that choice, and incur punitive damages.  It is for precisely such cases that punitives were instituted by the legal system.  Now it's time for that system to play itself out  to the fullest extent of its potential.

Frank Lostaunau
Frank Lostaunau

Justice has been served!  McGuire will live out his life behind bars!

I strongly recommend that he not drop the soap in the shower.   

Kay4Justice
Kay4Justice

One day at a time, one case at a time;  we survivors know the pace at which our cases move.  Seems to me that there is a lot more publicity now than there was even ten years ago.  I am so glad that this predator McGuire will finally be brought to justice along with the elitist Jesuits who covered for him.  Bishops will learn the hard way NOT to lie "to protect the Church of the Almighty Dollar."  Best of all, I have lived long enough to see the iceberg beginning to melt from inside.

Loyola Alum
Loyola Alum

In other Jesuitsex abuse news Rev. J-Glenn Murray, a Jesuit priest who served in the CatholicDiocese of Cleveland for 18 years, was removed from ministry this month afteran allegation that he improperly touched a child was found to be credible.

Loyola Alum
Loyola Alum

A Jesuit, Fr.Pat Conroy is the new chaplain for the U.S. Congress. With a Jesuit as Housechaplain, hopefully every time a Jesuit sex abuse article breaks it will getmore attention.

Pat Wall
Pat Wall

Peter Jamison writes another clear story on one of the most if not the most dangerous men ordained as a roman catholic priest and vowed Jesuit.  The complete mystery to me is how the Jesuits allowed their lawyers to argue that the Society of Jesus had no way of controlling him.  The truth is that the Jesuits are the most higly regulated order of men in the roman tradition. 

Frankie Dyba
Frankie Dyba

Self regulation... Sounds like the fox watching the chickens.

GBullough
GBullough

The Jesuits must be one of the most self-indulgent "old boys clubs" in the history of civilization, or lack thereof. They were apparently warned repeatedly about this guy, and let him continue as a dangerous, predatory, cult figure. If he broke his vows of obedience, they should have disciplined him for that. Moreover, they should have done the obvious and TURNED HIM OVER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT! 

mference
mference

In reality, the clergy abuse sex scandal is a sham. A sham in the sense it's not really a scandal from the perspective of  catholic church hierarchy. Rather, and I'm sure some day history will show, the sexual abuse of innocent children by catholic priests, bishops, cardinals popes and other clerics was actually the way of doing business in a institution more concerned about power, money, sex and lavish lifestyles by grown men.

St.Paul's Monastery in the Pittsburgh Diocese is one such example. Dysfunctional sex freaks in charge dating back to John Wright, and continuing to this day. Some day former seminarians of the facility will have the courage to step forward and share the truth.Mike Ference

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