Accused Priest Allowed to Travel to Ohio for Heart Treatment

December 12, 2007,1,1060307.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

CHICAGO - A Jesuit priest charged last month with traveling to Switzerland and Austria to sexually abuse a teenage boy is being permitted by a federal judge to leave the Chicago area this week for heart treatment.

Rev. Donald McGuire, 77, will travel to a clinic in Cleveland for treatment of congestive heart failure, said his lawyer, Stephen Komie. The priest has a history of heart troubles, and his condition is considered life-threatening, Komie said.

Federal prosecutors did not object to McGuire's motion to the court to allow the trip. He has been confined to a suburban apartment since he was charged last month in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys on Monday allowed the travel , Komie said.

McGuire, once a spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa, has been charged with sexually abusing the alleged victim in 12 states and six countries. The Jesuits are seeking his dismissal from their order.


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