Last week, SF Weekly published a cover story showing that several high-ranking Jesuit priests were aware for years that a prominent member of their order, Donald McGuire, was molesting teenage boys in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Despite this knowledge, they never reported his actions to police or child-welfare workers. The order is now being sued by victims, who say it enabled McGuire's crimes.
As our story was going to press, the Jesuit order filed a response in an Illinois court to plaintiffs' recent motion for punitive damages in the suit. Lawyers for the order acknowledge in the document that McGuire — who has twice been convicted in criminal courts of molesting children, and is now serving a 25-year federal prison sentence — is “an evil and perverted man who used his substantial intellectual gifts and his dominating personality to disobey every tenet of his faith and his vows as a cleric.”