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

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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Compaglia John
Compaglia John

It is amazing and terrifying to see the secrecy, irresponsibility, and for the most part inability of these religious figures to own up to their mistakes. It was extremely disheartening to hear these people again and again say things like "I have done everything that was proper according to the standards of the order at the time." Are these people humans or robots "just following orders?" When the safety of any person, especially a child, is in question, especially when it concerns a priest who was a known pedophile, how can there be any excuse for not taking the to the civil authorities immediately? I belive there is no excuse, just rationalization of a broken person/system.

chrismarklee
chrismarklee

Covering it up was not right

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Steve
Steve

argh! I hate it when they keep treating pedophilia like a mental illness that can be cured. these people CANNOT BE CURED. just goes to show how completely and utterly out of touch the churches are in general. "All we as sheep" indeed. they need to find someone else to 'flock' over.

Laurence O'Connor
Laurence O'Connor

Let's be clear that pedophilia is never acceptable that pedophilia is not consensual sex, ALL AND ANY sexual acts with anyone under 18 can never be consensual, and that Roman's i.e. Roman Catholic Priest's are not the sole offenders nor are Roman Clerics the only enablers. There are cases in The Episcopal Church, Public school teachers etc. Pretty much anywhere that there are pools of victim's there will be the shark. It is really up to each of us, if the information comes our way, to pass it onto civil authorities. I personally prefer being labeled a crackpot than enabling such a destructive act. If you feel that your local agency's are not the ones to call remember the F.B.I. relatively free of the crony corruption that can enable repeat offenders i,e, public school teachers, popular priests, to remain in place and hunt for a future victim.

Rob04
Rob04

Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner of affluent Los Gatos appears to have been active with Sexaholics Anonymous maybe until now and also with the Boy Scouts for possibly as long as 5 decades – a potentially toxic combination. The Jesuit Order paid $2 million to the alleged victims of Lindner. Lindner was protected by Fr. Thomas Smolich now the highest-up USA Jesuit.

Lindner has never gone to jail but an alleged victim of Lindner may go to jail soon for allegedly striking Lindner.

Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O'Malley

Why aren't prosecutors using the RICO act, the one they use against the mafia, to throw these guys in jail?

The Catholic church is an organized crime unit - where the crime is child rape, and they shoudl be prosecuted as such.

Amos
Amos

The Jesuits are a cult within a cult.

jkd
jkd

A pedophile enabler named Hardon?! Being considered for sainthood?

Augusta Wynn
Augusta Wynn

And when the renowned Jesuit Father Mc Guire became Mother Theresa's spriritual advisor, did his "in the know" confreres think it funny? Or curious? Or evil? McGuire's fellow jesuits, who knew what he was and let him continue, these men are not priests, no matter what they tell you. They are common criminals hanging around altars performing religious ritual. Men who rape children and those who enable them are not priests of our Lord Jesus.

Remaining silent, while their most prestigious Donald Mc Guire traipsed around the world in the company of children, these jesuits knew he was giving retreats to religious men and women, and befriending families so he could abuse their sons. These men were hearing confessions, advising women on their reproductive decisions, baptizing children, burying our beloved dead, all the while knowing that a man like McGuire ( and there are too many to count) were pretending to be "other Christs."

Jesus of Nazareth was the Great Reliever of suffering, and He knew it was better for those who harm the young to have millstones tied around their necks, and hurled into the bottom of the sea. But not these jesuits. They make you Mother Theresa's spiritual advisor.

AW

Jeannie
Jeannie

Finally, a paper-trail is being published! This is a BIG step forward. When this practice of exposing those, who are orchestrating the coverups, becomes a national practice, few of an abuser's superiors will take the change of shielding him or her from exposure or transferring them to another parish, city, country etc......

Former Catholic
Former Catholic

These priests should be prosecuted as well as the organization the Catholic Chuirch- which created and fostered cover-ups. shocking that they try to tell lay people how to live but feel that the priests do not have to follow basic moral codes and excuse vile manipulative sadistic behavior

Alene
Alene

Thank you for this honest coverage. These priests --the perp and the cover-up--were well-known to many people, as always, these revelations are shocking. The victims lives are ruined. At least legal "justice" is finally being met.Here is news from the Boston Pilot: Salesians suspend two members following pro-pedophilia remarksBy Carol Glatz

Posted: 5/25/2011ROME (CNS) -- The Salesians of St. John Bosco removed two European members from their duties after it was discovered one belonged to a pro-pedophilia organization and another made remarks defending pedophilia.

The Salesian headquarters in Rome said a Dutch priest identified only as Father "B" and the superior of the Salesians in the Netherlands, Father Herman Spronck, had both been suspended.

"The Belgium-Holland Province officially announced that Father B no longer has permission to carry out any pastoral activity and that Father Spronck has been relieved of his office as delegate," the congregation said in a May 23 press release.

The Salesian provincial of Belgium-Holland, Father Jos Claes, said that to the Salesians' "great surprise," Father "B" was a member of a Dutch-based association that advocates legalizing sexual relations between an adult and child.

Father Claes said the association is "not compatible with our Salesian identity" and "we therefore condemn the membership and the opinions of Father van B."

The province set up a committee to collect information about Father "B's" actions and statements, Father Claes said, and a committee report "will be sent to the superiors of the Salesian congregation in Rome."

Father Spronck was dismissed from his position as head of the Salesians in the Netherlands after RTL radio published a transcript of an interview with the priest in which he reportedly said sexual relations between adults and children should be allowed.

The priest is quoted as saying, "We shouldn't consider age so rigidly. You should never break into the personal space of a child if the child does not want that, but that has to do with the child himself. There are also children who themselves indicate that it is okay. Sexual contact is then also possible."

The provincial of Belgium-Holland said, "We distance ourselves completely from the comments by Father H. Spronck" and the order suspended him "from all delegated authority" within the Salesian order.

The order's headquarters offered its apologies and said, "We can understand that this news has undoubtedly once again seriously wounded the justified sensitivities of many persons."

It said, "The congregation will take the necessary disciplinary steps in conformity with the protocol in place since 2002 and with the norms given by the church in this matter."

The Dutch bishops' conference and the conference of Dutch religious launched a "broad external and independent inquiry" into cases of clerical sexual abuse in May 2010 after more than 1,500 people contacted a victims' assistance hotline and more than 50 formal complaints were filed in just three months.

The bishops and religious superiors have strongly condemned all forms of sexual abuse, saying it is contrary to the Gospel and the dignity of the human person.

Jeannie
Jeannie

Alene: I have followed the Priest Pedophilia Scandal since it broke out in Boston in 2002. Due to public pressure, not their moral superiority, the Bishops and Vatican have only recently begun to condemn all forms of sexual abuse. In almost all previous cases, coverups which were intended for the purpose of shielding the Church from Scandal were top priority! Just look at Boston and good old Cardinal Law and his cronies. If it were not for the Billions of Dollars in Lawsuits, which have led many diocese to the point of bankruptcy, the bishops would still be covering up for their Pedophile Priests. I strongly suggest that you Google, "Crimen Sollicitationis," the Vatican directive which told bishops around the entire world, how to coverup for acts of Pedophilia, rape and sodomy! Read the Vatican directive and weep!

Joshua Ray
Joshua Ray

I understand that there could be situations where adults might lie and say that their child was molested in order to get back at someone, but that doesn't relate in this situation and there has to be a point where these people are put down, euthanized or whatever. They are men that think they are God and end up playing God on children...thinking they are entitled to whatever they want. The Catholic Church moving them around is akin to the humane society knowingly giving rabid dogs out for adoption.

JeannieGuzman
JeannieGuzman

Joshua, I liked he last line of your comment: "The Catholic Church moving them around is akin to the humane society knowingly giving rabid dogs out for adoption." In Rome, an HIV infected priest by the name of Father Seppia, who was known for molesting, raping and sodomizing young boys has stated in court that he is infected with HIV. I hope that the courts of Italy establish a paper-trail in this Italian episode of the Priest Pedophilia Scandal, and it jails everyone in the Hierarchy that covered up for Father Seppia.

Hugh Jarvis Patty, JD
Hugh Jarvis Patty, JD

In earlier years, American Psychologist Association taught pedophiles could be "cured" withcounseling. Modernly, such perversions are considered "incurable". It leaves NO room todayfor either Dishonest Bishops or Religious Order Directors to "tolerate", much less hide oreven defend such criminals. As a child victim myself , I have come to loathe the Leaders ofmy own Beloved Mother Church. Almost 50 years suppressing my own pain, thinking I wasalone in my isolation created and sustained by those Serial-Enablers, thus fellow felons, ofthe Child Sexual Predators in Our Church. The "Voice of Christ" in the world has been turnedinto The "Voice of Satan". Until a clean sweep of ALL molesting Priests and a Firing of ALLour Bishops, at the minimum will Our Church be purged of Satan. Instituting Openes andStrict Accountability by those criminals will publicly reveal their pure evil. A breaking apartof the "All Boys Club" with a return to co-ed priesthood, i.e. women priests as well as Bishops and Cardinals would ultimately save us. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD OFA SEXUALLY CHILD MOLESTING WOMAN?

 
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