Mother Teresa Letter Defending Pedophile 'Authentic' and 'Disturbing,' Says Former Nun



Last month, SF Weekly published a cover story revealing that two candidates for Catholic sainthood -- including Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity order and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- had taken steps to protect convicted pedophile priest Donald McGuire after molestation allegations were lodged against him by a Bay Area family in 1993.

Mother Teresa's implication in the McGuire scandal comes through a typed 1994 letter, never before published, in which she appears to urge the priest's Jesuit superior to return him to active ministry despite the abuse allegation. (McGuire returned to ministry, and molested multiple additional boys before his arrest in 2003.) While the letter is unsigned, it bears a salutation in her characteristic handwriting, and contains strong clues indicating Mother Teresa as the author. For instance, the letter-writer refers by name to the nun's four top deputies, calling them "my assistants."

We just came across a videotaped response to our story that was published by Mary Johnson. A former Missionaries of Charity nun, Johnson left the order after 20 years and has just published a book, An Unquenchable Thirst, detailing her experiences working under Mother Teresa. She read our story and the letter, which we published online.

"It's a disturbing letter," Johnson says. "The salutation at the top definitely bears Mother's handwritten script. It looks completely authentic to me." She adds that she suspects the typed portion of the letter was composed for Mother Teresa by two of her conservative senior assistants, Sister Frederick and Sister Priscilla.

Johnson goes on to say that "Mother Teresa had a blind spot when it comes to the effects of sexual abuse" and "expressed on more than one occasion that it was a greater sin to talk about this abuse than the actual abuse itself." In her book, she says, she describes one nun, "a known sexual predator" whose victims were other nuns, that Mother Teresa admitted to final vows.

The entire video is worth watching, above.

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Gerald Goldberg
Gerald Goldberg

Shalom, Why is it that Christendom IGNORES the clear teaching of Jesus in John chapter 4?  MONEY! There is big money in religion!  Jesus makes it clear that as far as He is concerned, the time of organized religion is over. From now on people will worship God in spirit & in truth. Both Jews and Samaritans had their Temple & religious system and thought they were doing God's will, but Jesus burst their bubble & told them, "IT IS FINISHED"! WHY? In & around 500 BCE, Ezra the priest/scribe REWROTE the Torah & added books of his own making and left them for the Pharisees to collate & canonize. The Old Testament is corrupted by Babylonian myth & farce and that is why Jesus is arguing with the scribes & Pharisees all through the Gospels. Christendom compounded the problem in & around 300 CE with the Council of Nicaea & canonized its New Testament & corrupted the Gospel. What we see TODAY in Christendom, is what it looked like in Israel 2000 years ago. 

Mike
Mike

Just because commie fags invade a church to tear it down doesnt make religion bad, you idiot.

jeannebean
jeannebean

This doesn't surprise me.  She drank the Kool-Aid; you protect the priests at all costs.

Breena Clarke
Breena Clarke

Though the good works of Mother Teresa are to be always lauded, we must pay attention to her mistakes. Perhaps the Catholic Church will build and grow as greater scrutiny is given to the pernicious system of cover-ups. Maybe the truly saintly -- those individuals with true religious vocations - wil come to lead the Church and all of the communities within it. Maybe others will follow Mary Johnson's courageous example and will speak up and out for change -- for transparency as well as transubstantiation. 

Alexandra Leon
Alexandra Leon

What good did she do?  She took countless amounts of money from suffering people, and funnelled it away.  She made people suffer without medicine, thinking in her deranged mind that "suffering brings people closer to god".  She was a nutcase who harmed thousands!  If there is any justice in the world and a hell for her to go to, I hope she is there burning away for all the evil she did while alive!

Iggy
Iggy

Hello Fr. Jamison!If the Lawler story is the Best Cardinal Burke and Fessio can come up with, sainthood in the Catholic church is finished and the Catholic church is doomed. The devil has succeded to penatrate the church through the Jesuits.

Alexandra Leon
Alexandra Leon

You're half right.  The so-called "devil" IS the church.  If there is any true evil in the world, it has been brought about by religion and people's willingness to believe nonsense without evidence.

Loyola Alum
Loyola Alum

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

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 sentence] may be the legal guardian of 14 year old John Doe 116, and that they were going to be living together.”   Fr. Naucke also had Fr. Jerold Lindner as a student. Lindner now has $2 million in sex abuse damages paid out. And Lindner was the last Jesuit to see James Chevedden alive on the day of Chevedden’s sudden death.

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