A look at bishopaccountability.org also shows a major problem with Jesuit abuse in the USA.
One Jesuit Donald McGuire sexually abused one boy 1,000 times!
. Donald J. McGuire, S.J. Career, Accusations of Abuse, Information Sources, and Documents
This webpage gathers information about Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a convicted serial pedophile whom the Jesuits allowed to continue functioning as a priest for 35 years after they first received allegations in the late 1960s. The page includes a chronology of McGuire’s career and the allegations against him; collections of media reports and legal filings; and an archive of Jesuit documents and complaints by parents. In addition, this page is linked with two accounts of McGuire’s career: a detailed assignment record prepared by BishopAccountability.org and a timeline of McGuire’s career prepared by the law firm of Kerns, Pitrof, & Pearlman.
McGuire worked as a teacher at the Jesuit’s Loyola Academy in Chicago and at San Francisco University, and as a prolific retreat master. He gave retreats for aspiring diocesan priests, and for many years was spiritual director for the Carmelite Sisters and the Missionaries of Charity, whose leader and founder, Mother Theresa, selected McGuire to be her confessor. Through his Mission FIDES organization, McGuire organized and led Ignatian retreats for lay people. He collaborated with EWTN in the early 1980s and was chaplain of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians in the early to mid-1990s. McGuire preyed upon his students and upon boys in the devout families who attended and funded his Ignatian retreats, especially ones who acted as his personal assistants.
The McGuire cases are significant for many reasons: for the number of his victims; for the duration and severity of the abuse; for the callous dishonesty of the Jesuit order in ignoring complaints; for McGuire’s arrogant manipulation of Catholic families’ faith and trust; and for his national and international travels while abusing his victims. McGuire has been charged in federal court with “traveling in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor.”
Career of Donald J. McGuire, S.J.
The following table presents information on McGuire’s Jesuit assignments and on the allegations against him. See also our detailed McGuire assignment record with links to legal complaints, media reports, and other sources of information.
Eleven victims of McGuire are currently known; some were abused hundreds of times. Pornography and confession were used in the grooming and abuse, and the victims were often transported across state and international boundaries. Abuse included digital penetration and forced oral sex.
McGuire’s career as priest and predator falls into two phases – an academic phase 1954-81 during which McGuire taught high school and college, with interludes to acquire advanced degrees; and a spiritual direction phase 1981-2003 during which he traveled extensively directing retreats and providing advice to nuns, priests, and lay people. In the transition 1970-83 between these two phases, after the Jesuits were informed of McGuire’s abuse of John Doe 84 in 1969, McGuire worked as an educational consultant and was involved in several experiments in liberal education.
McGuire’s MO was to isolate his targets by arranging for them to live with him and travel with him. In the academic phase, he would present this isolation as academically beneficial. In the retreat phase, the boys were often given a non-paying year-long position as his assistant. McGuire’s status among his followers as a sickly saint provided the rationale for such assistance. Once with him, the boys were plied with pornography and discouraged from maintaining close contact with their parents. Using this technique, McGuire was often able to abuse a victim hundreds of times before moving on to the next boy. His peripatetic schedule (dozens of out-of-state and foreign retreats each year) constantly shifted the victims away from persons likely to notice or object. McGuire was also adept at cultivating relationships with orthodox nuns and lay people who would be impressed by his status with Mother Theresa and less inclined to scrutinize his arrangements with his assistants. “We were mistaken and perhaps taken in by our own pride,” wrote one victim’s father.
Although McGuire’s emphasis changed from academic to spiritual over the years, the spiritual element was present in early arrangements and the academic element may be seen in later ones. McGuire was doing retreats as early as the mid-1960s, and to his early academic victims he posed as a counselor. The earliest person known to have been victimized on a retreat (Individual G) was abused in the late 1970s, well before McGuire’s retreat mill was in full production. Likewise, McGuire maintained the academic approach late into his career, as a method to impress parents and victims. Victim 8, who was abused 1999-2003, delayed college and stayed with McGuire to pursue his studies with the priest.
In the table below, the victim’s names are linked to a more detailed account with links to documents and other sources. Below the table on this page, we have assembled collections of media reports and legal filings; and an archive of Jesuit documents and complaints by parents.
ASSIGNMENTS ALLEGATIONS • 1947-1951 Novitiate of the Sacred Heart in Milford OH (novice) • 1951-1952 West Baden College in West Baden Springs IN (B.A.) • 1951-1952 Loyola University in Chicago IL (major in Classical languages) • 1952-1954 West Baden College in West Baden Springs IN (Licentiate in philosophy) • 1954-1957 Loyola Academy (Latin teacher) • 1955 Loyola University in Chicago IL (M.A. course work) • 1957-1961 West Baden College in West Baden Springs IN (Licentiate in theology) • 1961 Ordained • 1961-1962 Westphalia Jesuit seminary (5th-year theology) • 1962-1965 University of Innsbruck (doctoral study) • 1965-1970 Loyola Academy (Greek teacher, department chair, guidance counsellor) • Loyola Academy Honors Program (cofounder)
• 1970-1974 Loyola University in Chicago (M.A. in Classics) • 1972 Newman College in Normandie MO (cofounder) • 1974-1977 Loyola University in Chicago (Ph.D. in Classics) • 1976-1981 University of San Francisco, Ignatius Institute (teacher, retreats, counseling)
• 1976- Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in LA (retreats, conferences) • 1978- Carmelites of Cristo Rey in San Francisco CA (retreats, consulting) • 1981-1989 Bellarmine Hall in Barrington IL • 1981-1983 EWTN in Birmingham AL (televise university seminars) • 1983-1984 DeRance Foundation and Santa Fe Communications TV
• 1983- Missionaries of Charity (retreats, seminars) • 1989-1993 Canisius House in Evanston IL
• 1993 St. John Vianney treatment center (1993) • 1993-2003 Canisius House in Evanston IL
• 1994- Mission FIDES
• 2003-2005 Clark Street Residence in Chicago IL
EF (early 1960s)
Victor Bender (1966-68) MS (1968) John Doe 84 (1968-69) R
Individual G (late 1970s)
John Doe 117 (1988-94) Victim 6 ( -1993) R
Victim C (1998-99) Victim 8 (1999-2003) John Doe 116 (1999-2003) John
Currently, we are battling against the Coronavirus.
But we are still experiencing the effects of another horrible pandemic – the pandemic of Roman Catholic priests, sisters and brothers sexualky abusing the young and the vulnerable.
Recently the Spanish Jesuits have held up their hands.
Before that the Jesuits in the USA held up their hands and have gone public about their abusing members.
Some weeks ago there were reports of a County Down priest buying his drugs from Loyalist paramilitaries.
And the other day on this blog we had the story of a young man claiming that a Northern Ireland priest had raped him after drugging him.
The priest in question has a reputation for drug abusing.
And during the Maynooth Summer of Love in 2016 we had regular reports of certain seminarians supplying other seminarians and lay students with poppers and Class A drugs.
Priests on drugs is just a part of the spread of a drug culture continually developing drug problem in society.
Im told that many business lunches no longer involve lots of alcohol which means going back to the office for the afternoon is difficult but instead there can be a line of coke for each business man to sniff – leaving them still fit for the office afternoon.
Why are young priests and seminarians using drugs?
I can only ponder on the reasons.
Is it a sign of the absence of faith?
We know that illegal drugs are evil and causing great evil in society. How can someone charged with promoting Gospel values be using and distributing drugs tgat make people ill, addicted and often the cause of family break up and suicide?
Is it a sign of an absence of spirituality?
Surely those of us who are called to prayer and a relationship with God dont need artificial and dangerous ways of going on the inward journey. Does not our real pleasure come from trying to be good and doing good?
Is it because that young priests now are sucked in, hook, line and sinker to the secular, dark and promiscuous gay scene where the pursuit of selfish pleasure, at any cost, is the norm.
We Catholic Christians believe and preach that the body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Why woukd we want to pollute that temple with substances that destroy, contradict and mock the presence of God.
Priestly use of drugs is a further proof that the modern-day Catholic priesthood has sunk deep into the sewers of depravity.
MMM raised the question as to whether or not belief is higher among the less educated than among the highly educated.
Here, from Wikipedia is a list of currently living scientists who are also Christian believers.
Wikipedia also has a list of deceased Christian scientists.
I welcome readers views and comments
This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.
This is a list of Christians in science and technology. People in this list should have their Christianity as relevant to their notable activities or public life, and who have publicly identified themselves as Christians or as of a Christian denomination.
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.
Denis Alexander (born 1945): Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute at the University of Cambridge and author of Rebuilding the Matrix – Science and Faith in the 21st Century. He also supervised a research group in cancer and immunology at the Babraham Institute.
Werner Arber (born 1929): Swiss microbiologist and geneticist. Along with American researchers Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans, he shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction endonucleases. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Arber as President of the Pontifical Academy—the first Protestant to hold that position.
Robert T. Bakker (born 1945): paleontologist who was a leading figure in the “Dinosaur Renaissance” and known for the theory some dinosaurs were warm-blooded. He is also a Pentecostal preacher who advocates theistic evolution and has written on religion.
Dan Blazer (born 1944): American psychiatrist and medical researcher who is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is known for researching the epidemiology of depression, substance use disorders, and the occurrence of suicide among the elderly. He has also researched the differences in the rate of substance use disorders among races.
William Cecil Campbell (born 1930): Irish-American biologist and parasitologist known for his work in discovering a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworms, for which he was jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Francis Collins (born 1950): director of the National Institutes of Health and former director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute. He has also written on religious matters in articles and the book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
Peter Dodson (born 1946): American paleontologist who has published many papers and written and collaborated on books about dinosaurs. An authority on Ceratopsians, he has also authored several papers and textbooks on hadrosaurs and sauropods, and is a co-editor of The Dinosauria. He is a professor of Vertebrate Paleontology and of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lindon Eaves (born 1944): British behavioral geneticist who has published on topics as diverse as the heritability of religion and psychopathology. In 1996, he and Kenneth Kendler founded the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is currently professor emeritus and actively engaged in research and training.
Darrel R. Falk (born 1946): American biologist and the former president of the BioLogos Foundation.
Charles Foster (born 1962): science writer on natural history, evolutionary biology, and theology. A Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Linnean Society of London, Foster has advocated theistic evolution in his book, The Selfless Gene (2009).
Tyler VanderWeele: American epidemiologist and biostatistician and Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the co-director of Harvard University’s Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality, the director of their Human Flourishing Program, and a faculty affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His research has focused on the application of causal inference to epidemiology, as well as on the relationship between religion and health.
John Gurdon (born 1933): British developmental biologist. In 2012, he and Shinya Yamanaka were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. In an interview with EWTN.com on the subject of working with the Vatican in dialogue, he says “I’m not a Roman Catholic. I’m a Christian, of the Church of England…I’ve never seen the Vatican before, so that’s a new experience, and I’m grateful for it.”
Brian Heap (born 1935): biologist who was Master of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and was a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.
Malcolm Jeeves (born 1926): British neuropsychologist who is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, and was formerly President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. He established the Department of Psychology at University of St. Andrews.
Harold G. Koenig (born 1951): professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and leading researcher on the effects of religion and spirituality on health. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke.
Larry Kwak (born 1959): renowned American cancer researcher who works at City of Hope National Medical Center. He was formerly Chairman of the Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma and Co-Director of the Center for Cancer Immunology Research at MD Anderson Hospital. He was included on Time’s list of 2010’s most influential people.
Noella Marcellino (born 1951): American Benedictine nun with a degree in microbiology. Her field of interests include fungi and the effects of decay and putrefaction.
Paul R. McHugh (born 1931): American psychiatrist whose research has focused on the neuroscientific foundations of motivated behaviors, psychiatric genetics, epidemiology, and neuropsychiatry. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and former psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Kenneth R. Miller (born 1948): molecular biologist at Brown University who wrote Finding Darwin’s God ISBN 0-06-093049-7.
William Newsome (born 1952): neuroscientist at Stanford University. A member of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-chair of the BRAIN Initiative, “a rapid planning effort for a ten-year assault on how the brain works.” He has written about his faith: “When I discuss religion with my fellow scientists…I realize I am an oddity — a serious Christian and a respected scientist.”
Martin Nowak (born 1965): evolutionary biologist and mathematician best known for evolutionary dynamics. He teaches at Harvard University and is also a member of the Board of Advisers of the Templeton Foundation.
Bennet Omalu (born 1968): Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players. He is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Ghillean Prance (born 1937): botanist involved in the Eden Project. He is a former President of Christians in Science.
Joan Roughgarden (born 1946): evolutionary biologist who has taught at Stanford University since 1972. She wrote the book Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist.
Mary Higby Schweitzer: paleontologist at North Carolina State University who believes in the synergy of the Christian faith and the truth of empirical science.
Andrew Wyllie: Scottish pathologist who discovered the significance of natural cell death, later naming the process apoptosis. Prior to retirement, he was Head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge.
Peter Agre (born January 30, 1949): American physician, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, and molecular biologist at Johns Hopkins University who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which he shared with Roderick MacKinnon) for his discovery of aquaporins. Agre is a Lutheran.
Andrew B. Bocarsly (born 1954): American chemist known for his research in electrochemistry, photochemistry, solids state chemistry, and fuel cells. He is a professor of chemistry at Princeton University.
Gerhard Ertl (born 1936): 2007 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. He has said in an interview that “I believe in God. (…) I am a Christian and I try to live as a Christian (…) I read the Bible very often and I try to understand it.”
Brian Kobilka (born 1955): American Nobel Prize winner of Chemistry in 2012, and is professor in the departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Kobilka attends the Catholic Community at Stanford, California. He received the Mendel Medal from Villanova University, which it says “honors outstanding pioneering scientists who have demonstrated, by their lives and their standing before the world as scientists, that there is no intrinsic conflict between science and religion.”
Todd Martinez (born 1968): American theoretical chemist who is a professor of chemistry at Stanford University and a Professor of Photon Science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research focuses primarily on developing first-principles approaches to chemical reaction dynamics, starting from the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics.
Artem R. Oganov (born 1975): Russian theoretical crystallographer, mineralogist, chemist, physicist, and materials scientist. He is a parishioner of St. Louis Catholic Church in Moscow.
Henry F. Schaefer, III (born 1944): American computational and theoretical chemist, and one of the most highly cited scientists in the world with a Thomson Reuters H-Index of 116. He is the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia.
Troy Van Voorhis: American chemist who is currently the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John White (chemist): Australian chemist who is currently Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Research School of Chemistry, at the Australian National University. He is a Past President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute and President of Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Stephen Barr (born 1953): physicist who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and contributed papers to Physical Review as well as Physics Today. He also is a Catholic who writes for First Things and wrote Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. He teaches at the University of Delaware.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell (born 1943): astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. She is currently Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.
Arnold O. Benz (born 1945): Swiss astrophysicist, currently professor emeritus at ETH Zurich. He is known for his research in plasma astrophysics, in particular heliophysics, and received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Zurich and The University of the South for his contributions to the dialog with theology.
Katherine Blundell: British astrophysicist who is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a supernumerary research fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. Her research investigates the physics of active galaxies such as quasars and objects in the Milky Way such as microquasars.
Stephen Blundell (born 1967): British physicist who is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. He was the previously head of Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford. His research is concerned with using muon-spin rotation and magnetoresistance techniques to study a range of organic and inorganic materials.
Andrew Briggs (born 1950): British quantum physicist who is Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his early work in acoustic microscopy and his current work in materials for quantum technologies.
Joan Centrella: American astrophysicist known for her research on general relativity, gravity waves, gravitational lenses, and binary black holes. She is the former deputy director of the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and is Executive in Residence for Science and Technology Policy at West Virginia University.
Raymond Chiao (born 1940): American physicist renowned for his experimental work in quantum optics. He is currently an emeritus faculty member at the University of California, Merced Physics Department, where he is conducting research on gravitational radiation.
Gerald B. Cleaver: professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and head of the Early Universe Cosmology and Strings (EUCOS) division of Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER). His research specialty is string phenomenology and string model building. He is linked to BioLogos and among his lectures are “”Faith and the New Cosmology.”
Guy Consolmagno (born 1952): American Jesuit astronomer who works at the Vatican Observatory.
Cees Dekker (born 1959): Dutch physicist and Distinguished University Professor at the Technical University of Delft. He is known for his research on carbon nanotubes, single-molecule biophysics, and nanobiology. Ten of his group publications have been cited more than 1000 times, 64 papers got cited more than 100 times, and in 2001, his group work was selected as “breakthrough of the year” by the journal Science.
George Francis Rayner Ellis (born 1939): professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, published in 1973, and is considered one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology. He is an active Quaker and in 2004 he won the Templeton Prize.
Paul Ewart (born 1948): professor of Physics and head of the sub-department of Atomic and Laser Physics within the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and fellow and tutor in physics at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is now an emeritus fellow.
Gerald Gabrielse (born 1951): American physicist renowned for his work on anti-matter. He is the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University, incoming Board of Trustees Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Fundamental Physics at Low Energy at Northwestern University.
Pamela L. Gay (born 1973): American astronomer, educator and writer, best known for her work in astronomical podcasting. Doctor Gay received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2002. Her position as both a skeptic and Christian has been noted upon.
Karl W. Giberson (born 1957): Canadian physicist and evangelical, formerly a physics professor at Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, Giberson is a prolific author specializing in the creation-evolution debate and who formerly served as vice president of the BioLogos Foundation. He has published several books on the relationship between science and religion, such as The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions and Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.
Owen Gingerich (born 1930): Mennonite astronomer who went to Goshen College and Harvard. He is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Mr. Gingerich has written about people of faith in science history.
J. Richard Gott (born 1947): professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. He is known for developing and advocating two cosmological theories with the flavor of science fiction: Time travel and the Doomsday argument. When asked of his religious views in relation to his science, Gott responded that “I’m a Presbyterian. I believe in God; I always thought that was the humble position to take. I like what Einstein said: “God is subtle but not malicious.” I think if you want to know how the universe started, that’s a legitimate question for physics. But if you want to know why it’s here, then you may have to know—to borrow Stephen Hawking’s phrase—the mind of God.”
Monica Grady (born 1958): leading British space scientist, primarily known for her work on meteorites. She is currently Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University.
Robert Griffiths (born 1937): noted American physicist at Carnegie Mellon University. He has written on matters of science and religion.
Frank Haig (born 1928): American physics professor
Daniel E. Hastings: American physicist renowned for his contributions in spacecraft and space system-environment interactions, space system architecture, and leadership in aerospace research and education. He is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michał Heller (born 1936): Catholic priest, a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He also is a mathematical physicist who has written articles on relativistic physics and Noncommutative geometry. His cross-disciplinary book Creative Tension: Essays on Science and Religion came out in 2003. For this work he won a Templeton Prize.[note 6]
Antony Hewish (born 1924): British radio astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 (together with Martin Ryle) for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. He was also awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1969. Hewish is a Christian. Hewish also wrote in his introduction to John Polkinghorne’s 2009 Questions of Truth, “The ghostly presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and Christian belief … may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense understanding.”
Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (born 1941): American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize laureate in Physics for his discovery with Russell Alan Hulse of a “new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation.” He was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Physics at Princeton University.
Colin Humphreys (born 1941): British physicist. He is the former Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science and a current Director of Research at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Experimental Physics at the Royal Institution in London and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. Humphreys also “studies the Bible when not pursuing his day-job as a materials scientist.”
Ian Hutchinson (scientist): physicist and nuclear engineer. He is currently Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Christopher Isham (born 1944): theoretical physicist who developed HPO formalism. He teaches at Imperial College London. In addition to being a physicist, he is a philosopher and theologian.
Stephen R. Kane (born 1973): Australian astrophysicist who specializes in exoplanetary science. He is a professor of Astronomy and Planetary Astrophysics at the University of California, Riverside and a leading expert on the topic of planetary habitability and the habitable zone of planetary systems.
Ard Louis: Professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford. Prior to his post at Oxford he taught Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge where he was also director of studies in Natural Sciences at Hughes Hall. He has written for The BioLogos Forum.
Jonathan Lunine (born 1959): American planetary scientist and physicist, and the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University.
Juan Maldacena (born 1968): Argentine theoretical physicist and string theorist, best known for the most reliable realization of the holographic principle – the AdS/CFT correspondence. He is a professor at the Institute for Advanced
Robert J. Wicks (born 1946): clinical psychologist who has written on the intersections of spirituality and psychology. Wicks for more than 30 years has been teaching at universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, and social work, currently at Loyola University Maryland. In 1996, he was a recipient of The Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church.
David A. Booth (born 1938): British applied psychologist whose research and teaching centre on the processes in the mind that situate actions and reactions by people, members of other species, and socially intelligent engineered systems. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.
Robert A. Emmons (born 1958): American psychologist who is regarded as the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a Professor of Psychology at UC Davis and the Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.
Paul Farmer (born 1959): American anthropologist, physician and proponent of liberation theology. He is co-founder of Partners In Health, the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
David Myers (academic) (born 1942): American psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Hope College. He is the author of several books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and general-audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology.
Andrew Pinsent (born 1966): Catholic priest, is the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.
William B. Hurlbut: bioethicist and consulting professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He served for eight years on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is nationally known for his advocacy of Altered Nuclear Transfer (ANT). He is a Christian of no denomination and did three years of post-doctoral study in theology and medical ethics at Stanford.
Alister McGrath (born 1953): prolific Anglican theologian who has written on the relationship between science and theology in A Scientific Theology. McGrath holds two doctorates from the University of Oxford, a DPhil in Molecular Biophysics and a Doctor of Divinity in Theology. He has responded to the new atheists in several books, i.e. The Dawkins Delusion?. He is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford.
Denis Lamoureux (born 1954): evolutionary creationist. He holds a professorial chair of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta —the first of its kind in Canada. Co-wrote (with Phillip E. Johnson) Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins (1999). Wrote Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (2008).
Michael Reiss (born 1960): British bioethicist, science educator, and an Anglican priest. He was Director of Education at the Royal Society from 2006 to 2008. Reiss has campaigned for the teaching of evolution, and is Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he is Pro-Director of Research and Development.
Hugh Ross (born 1945): Canadian Christian apologist and old Earth creationist who runs Reasons to Believe.
Bienvenido Nebres (born 1940): Filipino mathematician, president of Ateneo de Manila University, and an honoree of the National Scientist of the Philippines award
Justin L. Barrett (born 1971): American experimental psychologist and Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology after being a researcher at the University of Oxford, Barrett is a cognitive scientist specializing in the cognitive science of religion. He has published “Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology” (Templeton Press, 2011). Barrett has been described by the New York Times as ‘an observant Christian who believes in “an all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God who brought the universe into being,” as he wrote in an e-mail message. “I believe that the purpose for people is to love God and love each other.”‘
Within the past week I have been approached by a young man who claims he was drugged and raped by a Northern Ireland priest within the past 3 years 🥵
I have told the victim, as I tell all victims, that I believe his story.
At the same time we ourselves do not have the right to find the priest guilty. That can only come after a police investigation and a court case.
The story has a strong ring of truth to it as the priest in question has a strong reputation for homosexual promiscuity and also a strong reputation for the abuse of both alcohol and drugs.
The young man was about to write to the bishop of the diocese involved and I strongly advised him not to do so.
I told the young man that the bishop would immediately spring into action and put in place a strong defence for the priest.
The priest involved is somewhat a “pet” for the said bishop.
I also told the young man that the bishop, the priest, the priests friends etc would also launch a strong effort to attack the victim’s reputation with accusations of being unstable, rejected and seeking monies.
My advice to the young man was to go straight to the police with a prepared statement that would form the basis of a formal police statement.
I have offered the victim to go with him to the police as a support person – or to find someone else to go with him if he preferred.
If needs be I will contact the appropriate police unit for him and make an appointment for him to talk to two professionally trained police officers.
After he informs the police I have advised him to write to the bishop and request that the diocese pay the cost of his counselling – with a counsellor with absolutely no church connections.
I can recommend such a counsellor to him as I have found an excellent one that I have referred other church victims to.
I have also advised him to retain a very good solicitor to protect his rights – again a solicitor with no church connections.
In every diocese in Ireland you have interesting insertions in the clergy section of diocesan websites saying things like:
C/O Bishops House.
On further studies.
These statements have often come to be used by Irish bishops to be covers for problem priests.
Priests being investigated by the police, priests accused of sexual and financial misbehaviour and any number of other clerical problems.
Behind this is the plain fact that bishops want to hide the truth about these situations – in fact, to lie.
Clerical abuse and misconduct is in itself a horrific reality.
But bishops lying and covering this abuse and misconduct compounds the wrong and adds abuse and misconduct to abuse and misconduct.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MIA’s.
1. Paedophile priests
Of course it is absolutely clear that when a priest is accused of the abuse of a minor he should immediately step aside for an investigation to be undertaken. While that is happening the accused priest must be regarded as “innocent until proven guilty,”.
While many priests have been found guilty and sentenced there have been other cases of priests being wrongly accused.
2. Priests sexually misbehaving.
We’ve always had cases of priests getting into trouble sexually. In the past a lot of priests had mistresses and made women pregnant. In many of those cases the priests were moved to other parishes and the women treated terribly by bishops.
THE GAY PRIEST PHENOMENON
More recently, as the Roman Catholic Priesthood evolves into a GAY PROFESSION, many of the sexual scandals that have emerged are gay sex scandals.
We’ve had the 2016 Maynooth Gay Scandal with many gay seminarians not proceeding to priesthood.
We’ve had the Kildorrey Gay Altar Sex Scandal involving a now deceased priest and a seminarian.
We’ve had Chris Derwin in Dublin.
We’ve had the Rory, McCamley and McVeigh scandals in Armagh and the Armagh seminarians scandal.
AND there are other serious Armagh scandals in the pipeline.
We’ve had other such scandals in Down and Connor, Derry, Raphoe, killaloe, Cloyne etc.
We’ve had the SILVERSTREAM, MOUNT MELLERARY, ROSCREA AND GLENSTAL scandals – the greatest of which was Abbot Richard Purcell’s attendance at the Boilerhouse Sauna.
CELIBACY AND CHASTITY:
At the centre if the sex scandals, including the gay one, is the RCC’s teachings and rules about celibacy and chastity for monks.
They ORDAIN you – only on the promise that you will be celibate and chaste and never have sex.
Technically you are not really allowed to have sex with yourself.
You take a public promise never to have sex.
If you do you are breaking your solemn promise.
And that means you are being a hypocrite.
Until the RCC rules change, it would be more authentic for a man who intends having sex not to seek to be a priest or a monk.
And if you find you can’t keep your intended promises – then you should do the honourable thing and leave.
If you lead a double life you cannot be spiritually authentic, either within or without.
And you are accepting all the privileges and benefits if office on the basis if a lie.
AND, it is very likely that you will be caught out, exposed and shamed.
And that will be hurtful not only to you, but to your family, your friends and the people you leadership as pastor.
And you will be at the epicentre if a distressing public scandal.
Pat I’m alarmed that no one has commented on the grave matter of appointments held by this enclosed monk.
Chair of the Congregation of Religious of Ireland / Missionary Union charity for victims of clerical abuse. They say the provision of counselling is a “positive” church response. But, is there no religious who is more qualified; experienced to undertake this role? Is there no active religious in Ireland, who over the last 20 years, has gained insight, sensitivity, some understanding of the pain and lies endured by survivors than Abbot Purcell? Or is it part of a bigger game plan?
As an enclosed religious, what is his contribution to the Bishop’ Conference Committee on liturgy? He is musical! So what? Trips back and forth to Maynooth, overnights, expenses. Why did Amy appoint hi,? Or is it part of a bigger game.
KNIGHTS OF MALTA
Having been publicly attested and confirmed as lector and acolyte, Mr. Wilson has moved towards candidacy for ordination as deacon – based on “maturity of purpose” and to have the “necessary qualifications”.
The Knights of Malta are reeling from the conviction of one of their ambulance corps for the most serious sexual assaults on younger corps members in Kildare late last year. This was all hushed up whilst the Knights maintain a distinct separation from the ambulance corps they are the governing body of the corps and responsible for safeguarding.
There are a number of professional men in the order – and this includes their chaplains – who make use of the prestige, ceremonial, dressing up, in order to invite young men into the knightly ways.
Perhaps Amy should enquire with regard to this candidate who aspires to be a caveleiri and to serve the Lord, the sick and the poor?
ARCHBISHOP ELECT FARRELL
I informed you a long time ago that the next archbishop of Dublin would be Bishop Farrell. Unfortunately there was a mix up at the terna stage at the Congregation of Bishops meeting due to Covid and English speakers being unable to travel. The wrong Bishop Farrell’s file was put on the top of the pile. However, it is what it is. Carmelengo Cardinal Farrell is not happy. But he remains a true son of Dublin and as such will exercise his offices and note in due course – Amy – there is not and will not be any reason for you to purchase scarlet stockings. Cardinal Farrell is very annoyed indeed, after all favours for the family is what cardinals are for!
A NOTE TO THE BISHOP ELECT Please ensure at your reception Mass in the Pro-Cathedral, Holy Communion is distributed by clerics and ministers of the Eucharist. Arthur Roche went scarlet in the face when he read what was written about the last ordination of a bishop in Armagh – when all the bishops and priests sat on their bums throught Communion. Amy, there is no need to send for catalogs – there will be no scarlet watered silk for you.
ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN
Pat, you disagree with me regarding Coddle’s next career move. Despite the demise of his Roman patron Cardinal Sodano, he really is pinning his last hopes red and gold straws on the Dicastery for Communications of which he is one of the few non members of the sacred college. Look at the diocesan website; before he is deleted, at all those speeches and sermons given worldwide to men and women of great importance and influence and now the church can do better. IF YOU STILL DOUBT ME There is a photo of the dicastery within the hall of audiences in the Vatican. Coddle cuddles up in the chair on the right of Bergelio. Do not be fooled by this Machievellian cleric.
Coddle ensured that following Enda Kenny’s false outrage and rant in Dail Eireann, and indignant closing of the Irish Embassy to the Holy See; Enda and family entourage were received in a private audience.
Coddle has times his departure very, very well. The Mother and Baby Home report has exploded and even Coddle cannot charm the editors on that one!