Yesterday, I was startled to spy on a news rack the following:
"I think deep down inside he enjoyed the coronation that we laypeople gave him, because we felt so lucky that we had this time with this brilliant, devout prophet."
Looking back, it's quite obvious that McGuire held himself in very high esteem. He frequently told some of his colleagues "I could pray rings around you anytime!" But despite his often contemptuousness, he had a love of his students. His male students. His male students in the confessional.
"Bless me father for I have sinned."
I cobbled together this time line from several articles.
1968: McGuire allegedly abuses Vic Bender (Victim 2) at Loyola Academy.
1968: McGuire allegedly abuses Victim 3 at Loyola Academy.
1968-1969: McGuire allegedly abuses Victim 4 at Loyola Academy.
1983: Thirteen years after the Jesuits first learned of Victim 4's allegations of sexual abuse by McGuire, McGuire becomes the spiritual director for the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa's order. He becomes Mother Teresa's confessor.
1986: Victim 9 is born. McGuire baptizes him and becomes his godfather.
1987-94: McGuire's alleged molestation of Victim 5 (then 8 or 9 years old) begins. 1987: Victim 10 (brother of Victim 5) is born. McGuire baptizes him. McGuire also baptized his younger siblings.
1999: Victim 9 goes to Chicago to "live" with McGuire at Canisius House. McGuire allegedly uses confessions as a means to begin fondling Victim 9, who alleges that McGuire sexually molested him hundreds of times between 1999 and 2004, including regular abuse during confession.
The abuse, you see, was made more sinister by the fact that he was close to some of the families, had baptized some of the victims and had even become the godfather of one! And here's how Mother Theresa and Whoopi Goldberg came into play:
It was at McGuire's bidding that the 11-year-old came to serve as an altar boy that morning at St. Paul's Convent, a boxy building of yellow stucco that rises from a tree-lined block near the intersection of 29th and Church streets. (The convent houses local novices in the international Missionaries of Charity order, founded by Mother Teresa in 1950.) The priest was close to the boy's family...
Piecing together the complex web of abuser, victims, and admirers becomes almost incredulous when one finds out who turned him in to the authorities: his own nephew, Kevin McGuire, a lawyer specializing in ...pedophile cases.
Kevin McGuire said his uncle's time as a professor in San Francisco, and his later trips to the Bay Area and around the world, were encouraged by superiors as a "pass-the-trash" strategy to keep the predator priest far from his home base. "USF was a place where the Chicago Province sent Father McGuire to get him the hell out of their hair," he said. "That's why this guy was allowed to roam around the country. They wanted him everywhere but Chicago."
Remorse? None. The man who was GOD to young boys and confessor to Mother Theresa constantly condones himself by saying that the charges against are motivated by the money extorted from the Catholic Church.
As the disgraced priest faces his earthly end, he has resolutely declined to embrace a concept at the very core of Catholicism: repentance. McGuire, the great confessor, has never admitted guilt in any of the instances of abuse for which he stands accused or convicted. He has also taken what could be interpreted as a less-than-Christian stance toward the victims who have chosen to speak against him.
"I want my accusers to be sentenced," he said during the post conviction phase of his first trial in Wisconsin in 2006.
In fact, McGuire compares himself to the likes of Socrates, St. Thomas More and...Jesus.
"Your Honor, I did all of this with the image of Christ crucified before me. I've never been closer to the crucified Christ, never in my life. It's a terrible experience, but it's glorious."
I'll leave the reader here. Enough has been said.