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Family: Our sons abused in confessional

Oct. 24, 2007 at 2:15 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Two Arizona brothers have filed a lawsuit claiming that a well-known Jesuit priest in Chicago molested them during retreats.

The Rev. Donald McGuire has already been convicted in Wisconsin of molesting boys in the 1960s. He is appealing that conviction.

The Arizona family says McGuire played an important part in their religious life, convincing the mother to convert to Catholicism and introducing them to Mother Teresa, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. The father told the newspaper he only learned recently that McGuire -- invited to lead retreats in Arizona -- abused his sons while they were in the confessional, and then absolved them of their sins.

"He made a mockery of the priesthood and the confessional," the father said.

The lawsuit claims the older brother, John Doe 117, was molested starting at age 9 from 1988 to 1994. His younger brother, John Doe 118, was allegedly molested in 2001 and 2002 when he was 13 and 14.

The suit, filed in Illinois, names McGuire and the Jesuit Order as defendants.

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