A LAWSUIT filed in California yesterday (Tuesday) alleges that Mother Teresa vigorously defended her ‘spiritual advisor’ – a priest known to have abused numerous young boys in various locations around the world.
In 1994, Teresa of Calcutta, now a saint, wrote a letter to Fr Donald J McGuire’s superior, the Jesuit provincial, supporting McGuire and refusing to believe abuse allegations against him. In that letter, Mother Teresa noted that McGuire:
Admitted imprudence in his behavior.
We, in the Missionaries of Charity, will do all in our power, to protect him and the Priesthood of Jesus Christ, which he bears, when he once more takes up his mission with us. I am full of hope that you will send Fr. McGuire to continue his ministry to the Missionaries of Charity as soon as is possible.
The ghastly old fraud’s support McGuire, whose predatory behavior stretched back to the early 1960s, came to light in in a lawsuit filed by attorney Jeff Anderson on behalf of Robert J Goldberg who alleges that McGuire sexually abused him:
More than 1,000 times, in multiple states and countries.
The Jesuit priest touted his connection to Mother Teresa as a way to gain people’s confidence so he could “access kids and violate their trust.”
McGuire was serving a a 25-year federal prison sentence for molesting minors when he died in 2017.
According to the lawsuit, Goldberg was 11 when he first met the priest in 1970 in Chicago. Subsequently McGuire hired him as his personal assistant. When Fr. McGuire moved to California in 1976, Goldberg and his family followed along.
At times, the priest would share the boy’s bed at the family home. Much of the alleged sexual abuse happened as Goldberg traveled with McGuire to spiritual retreats. The abuse included “sexual touching, oral copulation and anal penetration,” the lawsuit states.
In a videoed press conference yesterday Anderson said Jesuit provincials knew of pederasty allegations against McGuire, but kept him in ministry for years, shuffling him across the country and letting him travel around the world.
Thus, this lawsuit names the Jesuit order. It also names the archdiocese of San Francisco [because] it gave permission to Donald McGuire and the Jesuit order to allow him to work here.
Anderson presented reporters a map of the world with red dots representing places where McGuire allegedly perpetrated the abuse. It included:
• Sexual abuse in Austria and Germany in the 1960s
• Abusing a boy at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Wisconsin in 1968
• Molesting two boys at Loyola Academy in 1972 (McGuire was later convicted in 2006 on these allegations)
• Repeatedly abusing a boy in Phoenix, Arizona and Barrington, Illinois from 1988–1994, beginning when the victim was nine years old
• Abusing five minors while stationed at Canisius House in Evanston, Illinois, 1989–2003
As Teresa’s spiritual advisor he helped screen potential candidates for the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded.
Last year, the Jesuits’ Midwest Province included McGuire’s name on a list of credibly accused clergy involved in sexual misconduct.
Goldberg’s lawsuit comes after the state of California expanded the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims. In October, lawmakers decided to suspend the statute of limitations for three years, allowing victims to file civil suits for abuse that happened decades ago. The three-year window begins January 1.