Posts Tagged Robert J. Geisinger

Pope’s Vatican watchdog on abuse: wrong priest for the job / The Boston Globe

WHY PUT a priest who covered up sexual abuse in charge of policing it?

“That’s exactly what Pope Francis did when he appointed the Rev. Robert J. Geisinger as the Vatican’s ‘promoter of justice.’ While the pope has met with abuse victims and pledged himself to zero tolerance, the appointment of Geisinger is a step backward. To signal his resolve on an issue that has deeply wounded so many, he should rescind the appointment.”

Editorial by The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this editorial.

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Top Vatican prosecutor failed to report abuser / The Boston Globe

A prominent American Jesuit recently named by Pope Francis to prosecute priests accused of sexually abusing minors under church law was himself one of several Catholic officials who allowed a notorious abusive priest to remain in ministry for years after learning of his long history of sexual abuses, legal documents show.

“The Rev. Robert J. Geisinger, named in September as the Vatican’s “promoter of justice,’’ was the second-highest-ranking official among the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s when leaders were facing multiple abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a globe-trotting priest with many influential supporters, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

“But the Jesuits failed to notify police or take effective steps to prevent McGuire from continuing to molest minors.”

By Michael Rezendes, The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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