This follows the release of lists of credibly accused Jesuits by the Central and Southern Province and Jesuits West Province on Dec. 7. The USA Northeast Province plans to release its list of Jesuits with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult on Jan. 15, 2019.
The Maryland Province released the names of Jesuits from its province, as well as other Jesuits who have served the province, who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.
“We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused to victims and their families. We also apologize for participating in the harm that abuse has done to our Church, a Church that we love and that preaches God’s care for all, especially the most vulnerable among us,” Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, provincial of the Maryland Province Jesuits, wrote in a letter. “The People of God have suffered, and they rightly demand transparency and accountability. We hope that this disclosure of names will contribute to reconciliation and healing.”
No credibly accused Maryland Province Jesuits are currently in active ministry. The Maryland Province employs a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse and reports to civil authorities accusations of sexual abuse involving a minor.
As an additional step toward transparency and accountability, the Maryland Province plans to conduct an external audit of its files to ensure that previous reviews were both accurate and complete. The province has an FAQ with more information on the release of names, its procedures for preventing abuse and how to report accusations of abuse.
The Midwest Province Jesuits also released a list of names of Jesuits with an established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Midwest region since 1955. An established allegation leads to the Jesuit’s permanent removal from public ministry. The list includes Jesuits who are or were members of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, or its predecessor entities. The list also contains the names of Jesuits from other Jesuit provinces, who were in the Midwest Province at the time of the allegation.
"As we look back at our history, the failures of the Society of Jesus and the Church to protect those entrusted to its care fill our hearts with outrage, sorrow and shame,” Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Midwest Jesuits, wrote in a letter. “On behalf of the Midwest Jesuits, I apologize to victim-survivors and their families for the harm and suffering you have endured. Many of you have suffered in silence for decades.”
Hillard Heintze, an independent investigative services firm based in Chicago, will do an additional review of the Midwest Province’s records in 2019. Based upon the results of the review, the list will be updated if needed.
The Midwest Jesuits’ website provides more information on their policy for preventing abuse and reporting abuse allegations.