April 17, 2006

Provincial of Jesuits deals with charges

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily News

Published: April 17, 2006
Last Modified: April 17, 2006 at 02:11 AM

Allegations of sexual abuse against priests began heating up around the country about the time the Rev. John D. Whitney became head of the Society of Jesus Oregon Province in 2002.

Whitney, a graduate of Georgetown University, is responsible for about 240 Jesuit priests and brothers in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, plus spiritual support for two universities, four high schools, one middle school and seven parishes. Officially, he's known as the provincial.

Whitney, silver-haired at 48, sat down April 10 for an interview with Daily News reporter Lisa Demer in which he talked about priests, their sexuality and how he is handling the sexual abuse cases.

Posted by kshaw at April 17, 2006 06:51 AM