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Vow of Silence: List of Priests Who Knew and Said Nothing 

Wednesday, May 25 2011

The following priests were informed that Donald McGuire had sexually abused boys in the Bay Area, but did not tell police or child welfare workers.

JOSEPH FESSIO, editor of a San Francisco-based Catholic publishing house, was told by parents in 1993 that McGuire had showered and masturbated with their 16-year-old son. He urged the family to "keep quiet," and referred the complaint to Jesuit officials in Chicago.

CORNELIUS BUCKLEY, a former USF professor, informed Jesuit higher-ups in 2007 that a man had come forward to say that McGuire had abused him as a teenager, abuse that Buckley described as "of an intimate nature."

JOHN HARDON, who is being considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, "downplayed [McGuire's] very real sexual problems" and interfered with McGuire's psychiatric treatment for pedophilia in the 1990s, according to Jesuit records.

FRANCIS DALY was the socius of the Chicago Province of the Jesuits when a Bay Area family came forward with a detailed report of sexual abuse by McGuire in 1993.

BRAD SCHAEFFER was the head of the Chicago Province when McGuire was released from a psychiatric facility in 1994 after he had abused a Bay Area boy. He admitted that McGuire's behavior was "not going to change," but allowed him to continue active ministry.

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