USF.SI.jpgA protest at the University of San Francisco came in the wake of allegations that a convicted pedophile priest who used to teach at the school was protected by a half-century-long cover-up by the Catholic Church. Father Donald McGuire served as a teacher and spiritual adviser at USF’s St. Ignatius Institute during the late 1970s and early 1980s, until he was fired for “highly questionable acts.” He is currently serving 25 years in prison for two counts of sexual relations with a minor.

The internal church documents showing the church’s protection of McGuire came out of a motion for punitive damages in a class action lawsuit against the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus for an over 40-year cover-up of McGuire’s activities. The documents show that the first report of McGuire’s penchant for inappropriate behavior towards young boys extended as far back as 1960. Since then, he was reportedly shuffled from position to position within the church, and was reportedly continually kicked out of one community after another.

After leaving USF, McGuire briefly became Mother Teresa’s confessor.

No USF students have come forward with allegations of abuse by McGuire, but he alledgedly molested young children during his tenure in San Francisco. After he was removed from his position at USF, McGuire was still allowed to take kids and teens on cross-country retreats. On these retreats, he allegedly shared beds with young boys and continued his abusive behavior unabated.

The protesters, organized by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, urged the church to do more to combat sex abuse by priests. “They don’t warn kids about these priests,” said abuse survivor Joey Piscitelli, “I’m pissed that the church allows these people to access children without warning. There’s a bunch of priests in SF right now who have been sued from raping kids, and they haven’t posted a list.”

An Oregon-based Jesuit group was recently ordered to pay $166 million to Native American abuse survivors in the Pacific Northwest. It was one of the largest ever settlements issued in the ongoing sex scandal sweeping the Catholic Church.

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  • JudyJones

    In order for the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit order to expose the truth about protecting predator priests instead of protecting innocent children, outside law enforcement needs to get involved and investigate. Change within will only come when their corruption is exposed and the possibility that church officials could land in jail.

    A recent Philadelphia Grand Jury Report exposed that the sex abuse and cover up of thesecrimes against kids within the Philadelphia Archdiocese is still going on. This grand jury investigation has resulted in four predators getting arrested, plus a high ranking Philly diocese priest getting arrested for “child endangerment” covering up these sex crimes, which has never happened before.

    Also, as a result of this February report Cardinal Rigali has been forced to remove 24 more predator priests who were still working in the
    Archdiocese among innocent kids.

    To read this report click this link. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2011_02_10_Philadelphia_Indictment_Comparison.htm

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  • LoyolaAlum

    In regard to Jesuit Fr. Donald McGuire, according to this extract from “Appalling Jesuit Cover-up”
    (cut and paste to your address bar if necessary):
    http://andersonadvocates.com/Posts/News-or-Event/755/70-never-released-documents-reveal-extent-of–cover-up-from-1960’s-through-2007.aspx

    6/1/2000
    “The Jesuits are notified by Fr. Alfred Naucke, the Socius of the California Jesuit Province, 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.”

    Fr. Naucke nostalgically said he taught Fr. Jerold Lindner when Lindner was in high school. Lindner, with $2 million paid out by the Jesuit Order for Lindner’s sex abuse settlements, is in the national news because he was allegedly struck by a man who is alleged to have been sexually abused by Lindner 35-years ago. And now the police are protecting Lindner, once a student of Fr. Alfred Naucke, by helping prosecute a man who is alleged to have been sexually abused by Fr. Lindner.