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.
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