Unprecedented Pedophile Scandal Creates Chaos for the U.S. Jesuits

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The Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces of the United States are in turmoil after Jesuit authorities for twenty US states released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950. The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and in the midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual scandals that involve the US Catholic Church.

Maryland released 24 names with allegations dating back to 1950 and the midwest provinces released 65 names dating back to 1955. Many of the priests are dead, and some were previously publicly known to be accused of sexual assault. The priests that are still alive are listed as living in supervised housing “on a safety plan.”  Some of the named Jesuit priests were removed from ministry in the 1990s, others were not removed until well after the infamous Boston sex abuse scandal exploded in 2002 indicating a massive cover-up by Catholic Church authorities.

Brian Paulson, head of the US Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, said in an open letter. “On behalf of the Midwest Jesuits, I apologize to victims-­survivors and their families for the harm and suffering you have endured. Many of you have suffered in silence for decades.”

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