SNAP responds to removal of Fr. Schaeffer from Indianapolis school board

Yesterday, Fr. Bradley Schaeffer stepped down from his position on the Board of Trustees at Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis. We are glad that this cleric has been removed from his position of honor.

Due to his involvement in covering up the crimes of Fr. Donald McGuire, it would have been preferable had Fr. Schaeffer never been elevated to this position in the first place. We look forward to the day when church officials will remove those who are complicit in child sex crimes and cover-ups due to their own moral obligations instead of public pressure.

We suspect that, since Fr. Schaeffer concealed the crimes of Fr. McGuire, we expect that he has done the same with other Jesuit abusers. We urge anyone who may have been abused at Brebeuf – whether by a clergyman, staff, or even another student – to immediately come forward and make a report to police. We hope that the removal of Fr. Schaeffer will encourage those who may have been afraid of reporting these crimes in the past to come forward today.

 

Read the story here: http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-26/metro/31399560_1_chicago-province-jesuit-conference-schaeffer

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commented 2012-04-27 03:48:42 -0500 · Flag
It’s hard for church authorities to remove those complicit in child sex crimes because most of those leaders are complicit in child sex crimes as well.
commented 2012-04-26 22:11:59 -0500 · Flag
Similarly Fr. Thomas Smolich, who advanced his career to be the top USA Jesuit, ought to resign from every board that he is on. Smolich was the roommate for two years of Fr. Angel Mariano. Fr. Mariano was accused of being one of a number of Jesuits who sexually abused two disabled men. Plus Mariano was jailed for 5 months on a sex charge involving teens. Fr.

Smolich incredulously said he knew very little about the background of Mariano and the things that went on.

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