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New secrets from an old Bay Area sex abuser

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

image Defrocked one-time Bay Area priest and former USF instructor Donald J. McGuire was sent to prison in 2006 for molesting boys (that’s him pictured in 1991 with Mother Teresa, to whom he was an advisor). Old story? Not quite.

Add McGuire: In the latest SF Weekly, Peter Jamison picks through documents recently made public in a lawsuit against the Jesuit order, McGuire’s former handlers. And he finds plenty that those who helped cover up for the now 80-year-old pedophile would likely just as soon keep secret. An excerpt:

The trail of quiet complicity leads from San Francisco to unexpectedly high levels. Among the revelations in the documents is that John Hardon, a now-deceased Jesuit priest who is being formally considered for sainthood by the Vatican, advocated on McGuire's behalf after he was caught allegedly molesting one Bay Area boy, and sought to downplay the significance of McGuire's sexual abuse. Records suggest Hardon's involvement might have led to McGuire's premature emergence from psychiatric treatment and resumption of ministerial duties.

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