February 25, 2006

Convicted priest may be ousted by Jesuits

Chicago Tribune

By M. Daniel Gibbard
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 25, 2006

A review board will resume proceedings that could lead to the removal from the priesthood of Rev. Donald McGuire, who was convicted Thursday of molesting two Loyola Academy boys in the 1960s, a Jesuit leader said Friday.

Rev. Edward Schmidt, who has the final say on McGuire's fate, said he expects the review to be fairly quick.

"The board will then make a recommendation to me on his status, which could mean permanent removal from the ministry," said Schmidt, the head of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. "Of course we're praying for him, as we pray for the claimants and everyone involved. We want the right thing to happen here."

McGuire, 75, was convicted late Thursday by a jury in Elkhorn, Wis., of five felony counts of indecent behavior with a child during retreats to the Lake Geneva area in 1967 and '68.

Posted by kshaw at February 25, 2006 07:32 AM