After resigning from the Boston College Board of Trustees last week, the Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer has quietly stepped down from the boards of three additional Jesuit-affiliated institutions amid an uproar over the role he played in supervising a former Jesuit priest accused of molesting dozens of boys over four decades.
Without making public announcements, officials at Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, and Brebeuf Jesuit, a preparatory school in Indianapolis, said this week that Schaeffer had cut his ties with their schools.
In addition, the Jesuit Conference of the United States said Wednesday that Schaeffer has stepped down from the board of the ecclesiastical faculty at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, as well as the board of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, which maintains a Jesuit-run astronomical observatory in Italy.
Schaeffer issued brief statements in leaving the three additional Jesuit schools, echoing the one he delivered to the Boston College board last Thursday, in which he said he was stepping down because he did not want to harm the institution “or be a distraction.’’
Schaeffer did not respond to messages from the Globe seeking comment Wednesday.
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