Father McGuire paper trail comes to light

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Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear speaks on newly released documents in the Donald McGuire case from 2003, when McGuire was criminally convicted as a sex offender. These documents revealed that the Chicago Jesuits knew about McGuire’s actions over the 40 years he was abusing boys but still covered for him, despite numerous complaints from other priests and parents.


Rev. Donald McGuire leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after a hearing Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, in Chicago. The Jesuit order announced Feb. 22, 2008, that McGuire had been defrocked by the Vatican. McGuire, convicted of taking a boy on religious retreats to have sex with him, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Feb. 11, 2009. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)