Fr. William J. Spine

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Worked in Peru, Brooklyn NY, Moline IL, Chicago IL, and Lexington KY. Spent time 1990-91 in Berkeley, CA. He was a teacher, parish assistant and pastor, and associate director of a diocesan hispanic ministry office. Removed from active ministry in 2/06, several months after the Jesuits received a credible allegation that Spine sexually abused a teenage boy while assigned to Peru in the mid-1970s. The boy was Spine’s student. The Official Catholic Directory shows that Spine was living in Rome from 2007 to at least 2010. Included on the Jesuits Midwest Province list in 12/18. On the Diocese of Lexington’s list in 8/20, where he worked 2001-06 at St. Paul’s. Included on the Chicago archdiocese’s list in 10/22.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.