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“We didn’t know”, or did we? Sex Abuse was known of by Jesuits

October 30, 2007

Papers: Jesuits Were Warned About Abusive Priest by Barbara Bradley Hagerty at NPR.

mcguire200.jpgRoman Catholic priest, Fr. Donald McGuire, is a convicted sex abuser. The families of his abusers claim they have proof that the Jesuit order to which McGuire belonged was fully aware of McGuire’s proclivities, and yet, they did nothing, allowing close to 40 years more of abuse to occur. The Jesuits claim not to have known, but the documentation, non-existent on the Jesuit’s end, tells a different story.

This priest became Mother Theresa’s CONFESSOR. And, apparently, confession was the good father’s sexual education tool of choice with his young victims. He had authority, trust, and power, and he manipulated these to his best advantage. Couple that with a heirarchy which desired to protect the institution before any individual, and you have the recipe for what allowed this man to operate as he did, for as long as he did.

And the church wonders why many people don’t trust institutional religion. I wonder how they can wonder that?

All Christian churches have far more people doing good work than harm. But, when Mother church actively hides and perpetuates the harm, people can only be left scratching their heads, and wondering where God really is in all of this. It undermines all the good that the greater majority of clergy do, and creates an atmosphere of suspicion, loath, fear and distrust.

I pray for the Jesuits. I pray for Fr. McGuire, and I pray for this victims.

May the truth set them free.

And may the truth, and the consequences of that truth, teach Mother Church something she seems so unwilling to learn.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2007 6:32 pm

    Eileen, you’re right. We must pray for them.

    It still makes me sick.

  2. October 31, 2007 12:05 am

    It’s horrible. I really don’t understand how this can go on. I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse myself and reading stories like this makes me so sad and angry.

  3. episcopalifem permalink*
    October 31, 2007 9:15 am

    I’m a childhood sex abuse survivor too, EPollyanna, and this stuff sickens and saddens me too.

  4. Airborne Stranger permalink
    October 31, 2007 8:14 pm

    Eileen: This isn’t ‘God’s doings’, but the choices made by humans to do wrong –horribly wrong. I’m another survivor and first, want to say that all strong women are a blessing. Second, we need to remember that scar tissue -mental or physical- can strengthen us and bring us to each other and to God.

    It’s amazing to me that time after time, the fear of “Grrl Germz” in the Old Boyz church leads down the path of ‘women-and-their-evil-bodies-men-and-their-uncontrollabel-urges’ and the direct link between what is presented as the godly work of harming women, children, animals and yes, the environment –the “you’re out of control” (whose control, we ask) statments and the punishment directed at those whose spirits survive. Ahhh…red some Mary Daly and rejoice, Episcofem! Hope you’re much better, very soon.

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