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Criminal investigation of Chicago Jesuits is sought

Clergy sex victims seek grand jury investigation

New revelations about Jesuits prompt group’s plea

SNAP: Top Catholic officials may have perjured themselves

They may have also committed “conspiracy,” victims believe

Church hierarchy hid dozens of reports about now-convicted predator

Cleric was caught recently, so prosecuting his bosses may be possible, SNAP says

WHAT
Holding signs and child hood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will publicly urge Cook County prosecutors to launch a grand jury investigation into a large Chicago-based Jesuit Catholic religious order. The plea comes on the heels of 200+ pages of shocking evidence filed in court on Monday showing church officials ignored or concealed dozens of credible child sex abuse reports against a very prominent priest.

The victims will also call on the Jesuits to
--- publicly chastise and punish their employees who hid the clerics crimes, and
--- work harder to find and help others who may have been sexually violated by him.

WHEN
Wednesday, March 30, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Jesuit headquarters, 2050 N. Clark St. (between Dickens & Armitage) in Chicago

WHO
Several clergy sex abuse victims and family members who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a social worker who is the organization’s founder and president

WHY
For nearly four decades, top Jesuit officials in Chicago let a prominent priest keep working until 2005 despite dozens of allegations of child sexual abuse and other sexual misdeeds against him. And the Jesuits’ lawyer seemed to deceive a Wisconsin prosecutor who got the predator convicted.

That’s according to 180 pages of long secret church records filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court. (Seventy of which had never been publicly disclosed before). The documents involve a notorious serial predator, Fr. Donald J. McGuire who is the most high-profile Catholic priest to ever be convicted for sexually abusing kids.

The newly disclosed records show that the Jesuits let McGuire keep working as a priest for 35 years after they first received allegations of abuse against him in the 1960s. All of the files are posted here: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/jesuits/McGuire_Donald/Punitive_Damages_Motion/

In light of the new evidence, and a two-month old Philadelphia grand jury report showing continuing cover up of clergy sex crimes there, SNAP believes Chicago prosecutors should empanel a grand jury here to investigate whether criminal charges can be brought against Jesuit officials for endangering kids and deceiving prosecutors.

(The Jesuits wrote a Wisconsin prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted McGuire, that church officials have “very little” records about McGuire. Evidence shows they in fact had hundreds of pages.)

The documents also show serious and obvious contradictions between two high-ranking Jesuits: Fr. Robert Wild (who now heads Marquette University in Milwaukee) and Brother Ricardo Palacio. In sworn testimony, one said he’d never heard of abuse accusations against McGuire before, while the other cleric said just the opposite. The evidence is strong and recent enough, SNAP believes, that at least one of them should be prosecuted for perjury.

A Boston-based research group says that “The McGuire cases are significant for many reasons: for the number of his victims; for the duration and severity of the abuse; for the callous dishonesty of the Jesuits in ignoring complaints; for McGuire's arrogant manipulation of Catholic families' faith and trust; and for his national and international travels while abusing his victims.”

In 2006, McGuire was found guilty in a criminal trial of molesting two boys in the 1960s. In 2006, he was free on bond while appealing, but was jailed twice for violating the restrictions put on him by the court.

McGuire lived and worked in Chicago at least four times. Twice (from 1954-57 and 1965-1972) at Loyola Academy in Wilmette and twice at Canisius House at Loyola University (from 1972-1976 and again 1989-2003). From 1981-89 he lived at Ballarmine Hall in Barrington IL and from 2003-05 he lived at a Jesuit facility on Clark Street. McGuire, an Oak Park native, also worked in San Francisco, New York and Washington DC.

He also traveled extensively, giving retreats and seminars worldwide for Mother Teresa's nuns and other Catholic organizations. McGuire was also affiliated with several Catholic groups including Mission FIDES, the Eternal Word Television Network, and the National Federation of Catholic Physicians.

Chicago area clerics who worked with McGuire in Chicago include Fr. John H. Reinke and Fr. Charles Schlax.

The best source of information on the Jesuit McGuire is Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org (508 479 9304 cell, mckiernan1@comcast.net. Attorneys who represent McGuire include Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell) and Marc Pearlman (312 261 4550).

McGuire has been represented by attorney Steve Komie of Chicago and Gerald P. Boyle of Milwaukee, a Loyola University graduate. The heads of the Chicago Jesuits are Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki and Fr. Walter C. Deye.

CONTACT
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747, Barbara Dorris, SNAP outreach director 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy, SNAP director 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)


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