We are here today representing three different groups who want a Board member of Loyola University’s Board of Trustees to resign. The three groups are SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, CCC, Coalition of Concerned Catholics and VOTF, Voice of the Faithful.
Newly-revealed church documents show that Father Bradley Schaeffer did little or nothing to stop a notorious child molesting priest under his supervision. The cleric, Father Donald McGuire, is now serving a twenty-five year sentence in federal prison. But Schaefer could have and did not stop McGuire.
Sitting on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University is a position that Schaefer should not hold. Honoring men like this is hurtful in two ways. First, it rubs salt into the wounds of already-suffering victims and already-betrayed Catholics. Second, it sends a chilling, and depressing, message to victims, witnesses and whistleblowers: "Speak up if you want to, but know that nothing will change and wrongdoers will still be tolerated, praised and promoted in this organization." So honors like this essentially discourage those with knowledge and information about heinous child sex crimes and cover-ups from stepping forward, calling police, reporting wrongdoing, protecting kids and preventing crimes.
We are glad Father Bradley Schaeffer resigned from Boston College’s Board of Trustees. We want him to resign his post here at Loyola.
But real progress will be when Jesuits oust other corrupt, complicit Jesuits and it doesn't take media exposes and public pressure to get rid of clerics who protect child molesting clerics.