The Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer resigned from the Boston College board of trustees Thursday amid mounting criticism of the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest who allegedly molested dozens of children over 40 years.
As a committee of the Boston College board launched a review of Schaeffer’s role in the abuse scandal, he delivered a brief letter to board chairwoman Kathleen M. McGillycuddy announcing he would step down.
“As all in our community know, Boston College is a wonderful, caring institution of higher education,’’ Schaeffer wrote. “I do not want to harm it or be a distraction. Therefore, I am ending my service as a trustee today.’’
Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse, who staged a small protest against Schaeffer at the main gate to the BC campus Thursday, said they were heartened by Schaeffer’s resignation. But some faulted Catholic officials for failing to take action without outside pressure.
“This is a step forward, but real progress will be when Catholic officials, not public pressure, force those who ignore and conceal child sex crimes to step aside,’’ said David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
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