Loyola University, church officials settle claims that Jesuit priest raped 5-year-old on campus

The New Orleans Advocate

July 9, 2018

By Jim Mustian

Catholic Church officials have settled a sexual abuse lawsuit that accused a popular Jesuit priest of raping a young girl dozens of times at Loyola University more than three decades ago.

The lawsuit, filed nearly two years ago, claimed the Rev. Benjamin L. Wren sexually assaulted the girl beginning in 1978 — when she was 5 years old — and warned her she would go to hell if she told anyone about their “special secret.”

Wren, an eccentric professor who taught Zen Buddhism at Loyola, died of lung cancer in 2006.

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