An advocacy group for people abused by priests today called on Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to launch a grand jury investigation into the Chicago-based Jesuit province.
Their plea comes after a scathing motion was filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that Jesuit leaders in Chicago knew that now-defrocked Catholic priest Donald McGuire was sexually abusing underage boys and that they sought to cover it up and mislead authorities.
“We want the prosecutor of Cook County to investigate whether there is sufficient evidence of crimes committed by the Jesuit superiors,” said Barbara Blaine, president of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP.) “It seems as though there’s evidence of conspiracy (and) evidence of perjury.”
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