April 15, 2012
For the Jesuits, a long road to accountability
Even after the clergy abuse scandal exploded a decade ago, the Catholic order failed repeatedly to rein in offending priests. A current Boston College trustee was one who could have, should have done much more — and he admits it.
The Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, a Boston College trustee and rector of a major Jesuit training program in Brighton, failed to stop a predator priest associated with Mother Teresa of Calcutta during the 1990s, personally reviewing sexual abuse allegations and allowing him to continue to travel with boys. A judge has found that Schaeffer could have prevented years of abuse if he had taken stronger action against the Rev. Donald J. McGuire.