Jesuits Release Statement Regarding McGuire

By Mike Heine
Janesville Gazette
November 2, 2007

The Chicago Province of Jesuits released a statement Friday after learning of the federal charge filed against the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a renowned priest who was once the confessor to Mother Teresa.

The statement, attributed to the Rev. Edward Schmidt, says:

The Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) learned today that Donald J. McGuire has been taken into federal custody pursuant to federal charges alleging that McGuire traveled interstate and in foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor.

We have cooperated extensively during the course of this federal investigation by providing records and other information to the United States Attorney's Office. We have also made Jesuit officials and representatives available to Assistant United States Attorney for the purposes of the investigation. Additionally, with regard to complaints against Donald McGuire, the Chicago Province has been fully and proactively cooperating with law enforcement officials in Wisconsin, Arizona and Cook County, Illinois.

We appreciate the efforts of the United States Attorney's Office in aggressively addressing issues relating to sex offenders. We pledge to continue to work proactively and aggressively with law enforcement agencies in all matters relating to this case and in any case of sexual abuse by any member of this Province.

Above all, we express our apologies to any persons who have been abused by a member of this Province and urge anyone who has been injured or abused to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency and the Rev. Rick Millbourn at (773) 975-6363.

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