Watchdog Group Concerned That Accused Priests Not Being Watched Closely Enough

By Jennifer O'Neill
February 25, 2008

CHICAGO (WBBM) - The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests handed out hundreds of flyers Sunday morning in front of Holy Name Cathedral.

WBBM's Jennifer O'Neill reports.

They were asking parishioners to join them to trying to keep vulnerable kids protected from predator priests.

SNAP President Barbara Blaine says two Chicago Jesuit priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct are not being monitored.

Father Donald McGuire was officially defrocked on Friday, following a conviction stemming from sexual misconduct in the 1960s.

She says he's permitted to live in Oak Lawn, but she questions whether neighbors have been notified that he lives there.

Blaine says no one is sure where the other priest, Father Bernard Knoth, may be working at the moment.

Knoth was President of Loyola University in New Orleans, but was removed from active ministry a few years ago following abuse complaints against him.

Blaine questions whether neighbors and employees know about Knoth's presence in their communities.

Both priests come from The Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus.

Calls have been placed to the Chicago Province seeking comment.


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