SF Archdiocese Calls SF Weekly Mother Teresa Story a 'Dark Day for Journalism'

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Mother Teresa, pictured with Donald McGuire
We've been getting quite a range of reaction to yesterday's cover story on Mother Teresa's links to convicted pedophile priest Donald McGuire. Documents obtained by SF Weekly indicate that the "Saint of Calcutta" might have urged Jesuit officials to overlook a sex-abuse allegation against McGuire by a Walnut Creek boy in 1993.

We asked multiple church officials for comment prior to publication. The Missionaries of Charity (MT's order of nuns), the Jesuits, the Vatican-deputized investigator of MT's sainthood case, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco all declined to talk or did not respond to our calls and e-mails. But now the San Francisco Archdiocese has commented on the story for Univision Channel 14, which ran a story based on our reporting.

According to Univision:

La arquidiócesis de San Francisco expresó su tristeza ante las acusaciones del Weekly y destacó en un comunicado que ni siquiera el propio autor del reporte estaba seguro de que las cartas fueron escritas por la Madre Teresa. 

 "Estoy seguro que en su bondad la Madre Teresa perdona este vergonzoso ataque, pero es un día sombrío para el periodismo", añadió.

Bilingual SF Weekly Staff Writer Lauren Smiley translates:

The Archdiocese of San Francisco expressed its sadness about the Weekly's accusations and highlighted in the press release that even the story's author wasn't sure if the letters were written by Mother Teresa. 

 "I am sure that Mother Teresa, in all her goodness, would forgive this shameful attack, but it is a dark day for journalism."

We called the archdiocese for further comment, particularly on the strong indications that the letter -- which you can read here -- was written by Mother Teresa, though it is unsigned. We'll let you know if we hear back.

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Augusta Wynn
Augusta Wynn

Mother Teresa, like generations of religious women, cared for the sick and the dying. Her notoriety arose from cozying up to and agreeing with all those men of the roman catholic hierarchy. She used her notoriety for fundraising for these clerics who, when they weren't molesting children themselves, like her beloved confessor McGuire,  were enabling the rape of children all over the globe.

McGuire's evil may have been beyond her imagining, but her denial was fueled both by her self-importance, and her absurd belief that the men of the Vatican were representing Our Lord Jesus. 

AW 

Lisa Eileen Hern
Lisa Eileen Hern

We are complicated, us human beings. Our moral compass needles moving to the left, the right, as we progress through life. I never met Mother Teresa, but I do know she did a lot of great things and made the world a better place. Does that mean she was a perfect human being who should be sainted? I think nobody should win that distinction. She had feet of clay and probably questioned her own faith. I think burying the negative is a mistake, and people should face the simple fact that she was, afterall, just a human animal like the rest of us. . .

Caljoey1
Caljoey1

   The shameful attack is by the cowardly, deceitful Archdiocese of San Francisco. The San Francisco Weekly was extremely kind to the pedophile protecting hypocrite - Mother Teresa. She willfully allowed Fr. McGuire to use her facilities as his sex abuse playground for years, and she is an utter disgrace to the word "Saint". And there is much more to the story. Mother Teresa, like Cardinal Levada, is "gods' gift to pedophile clergy". Her criminal conduct in condoning and supporting Fr.McGuire, the serial rapist pedophile Jesuit from San Francisco is despicable .Fr. McGuire, who was known to be a sick, disturbed, child violator for years by the Catholic hierarchy, traveled abroad regularly to rape children, and was busted for it. Not surprisingly, he is another good -old- boy pedophile buddy of Levada, who reeked havoc in San Francisco and abroad. McGuire flourished with the blessing and blind eye of the Hierarchy, whose debased criminal conduct in allowing this man freedom to travel abroad with vulnerable children is a chilling, and Mother Teresa's welcome to McGuire is  a testament to her utter  vulgarity and debauchery.

-  Joey Piscitelli

Alivingfaith
Alivingfaith

Amen, Joey (Caljoey1). Nothing covered will not be revealed. All in the graves will eventually hear the voice of Jesus Christ and come forth to be judged: those who did good to everlasting life, and those who did evil (such as pedophiles and those who supported them) to damnation. John 5:28,29   WOE to them who call evildoers good and the righteous evildoers. Isaiah 5:20

Cbelserus
Cbelserus

What is unfortunate is that the article is clearly a malicious attempt at character assassination.  The article portends to address a seriousissue of child abuse cover up which offends all decent people.   The facts in the end are that she was assuredhe was innocent and was far from the scene. The additional accusations about Theresa’saccepting money from corrupt people and providing poor hospital servicesfurthers the clear perception of character assassination.  Jesus associated with sinners and she caredfor people at the lowest levels of society that were otherwise ignored.  This is biased and malicious journalism at itsworst. Since the SF City Council condemned the Catholic church one can expectthis as par for the course in SF.

 

 

Caljoey1
Caljoey1

    Cbelserus - You know nothing. You speak without proof, or knowledge on the subject.My guess is you are probably a Sf Diocese groupie, or a disguised clergyman. Mother Teresa deserves a character assasination for her ungodly endorsement of the filthy serial molester Fr. McGuire, who was her confessor, her friend, and her partner in crime. The USA Department of Homeland security took McGuire down, as he deserved, and they couldn't take Teresa down, because she was dead.     I fJesus associated with sinners like Mother Teresa and Fr. McGuire, as you say, then Jesus should be ashamed of himself too.

Joey Piscitelli

Mblack
Mblack

If you think this document was fake, and it was turned over in a court case to the feds, then you are left to conclude the Chicago Jesuits turned over false documents to the feds.... a not to improbable conclusion given their history.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Shooting the messenger seems to be the modus operandi for religion.

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