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Day 8: Writing to Loyola’s Board

May 2, 2009

With the discovery that the Jesuit abuser violated the agreement I have with the Missouri province — and the upheaval it’s caused in my life — a great deal of unsettled business came back, namely addressing the mistakes other Jesuits made.

This Jesuit abuser worked for Loyola, both in 2003 and at the time I was abused by him. I was urged by Jesuits to contact the abuser’s home provincial, Missouri, so I did. But it quickly became obvious that other Jesuit provinces and institutions had responsibility, including Loyola. So I made contact with Loyola’s president, Michael J. Garanzini, SJ. My experience with Garanzini was awful.

Garanzini’s first instinct was to have his lawyer address it. Then he gave it to the Vice President for Human Resources, Tom Kelly. And there was problem after problem after problem. Kelly began by asking what the point was to even doing this, since it was going to be “he said/she said”. I immediately told Garanzini about Kelly’s biased view — the person who was supposed to be investigating but hadn’t even begun was claiming it would end up “he said/she said”. Garanzini did not respond.

I have experience as a prosecutor and a court appointed guardian for abused children. I know that many cases are not “he said/she said” and that it cannot be assumed from the beginning. Only someone trying to protect a perp will insist on that at the start. It’s unmistakable evidence of bias.

Then I heard from people who were witnesses with something to say, people whose names I had given to Kelly. Over and over again, people told me that Kelly asked stupid questions and didn’t ask about what they know about.

Keep in mind the same people had spoken to other investigators and did not make that complaint. They only complained about Kelly, the Loyola VP who began with the bias it would be “he said/she said”.

Then I met with Tom Kelly in Boston with a Jesuit present at the meeting. It was awful. As the Jesuit said later to me, Kelly kept jumping around asking unrelated questions and not giving me any time to tell the story or answer his questions. Kelly was very nervous. He clearly did not know how to do his job.

And guess what else happened.

Garanzini, Loyola’s president, had said I would be given a preliminary report with initial findings and have the opportunity to correct it. That never happened. I inquired, I reminded him, but it never happened — and he knew that.

I was also told I would receive a copy of the final report (which was supposed to follow being given a copy of the preliminary report and correcting it) but that also never happened.

Loyola essentially shut down its investigation and said it didn’t have any responsibility.

From time to time, I reminded Garanzini that they never investigated properly and failed to do what was promised, but he’s been silent and non-responsive.

In 2009, I decided to write to Loyola’s Board of Trustees about this awful experience. I’m doing that because the Jesuit abuser’s behavior made me think about all the unresolved issues from 2003/4. And this is the main one.

I also realized some day I might be public in the traditional sense of the word — in the media — if the Jesuits fail to address the breach in its agreement with me. If that happens, I want to make sure the record is straight about what happened at Loyola, both in the past when I was abused, and in 03/04 when Garanzini failed to address it.

So on Day 8 I am preparing to write to Loyola’s Board.

I’m still not finding God in any of this.

Kate

P.S.  The main reason problems like this have to be addressed is the deceit that flows from the fraud.  Should I go public now, Loyola would have a terse statement that they “investigated” and found no responsibility and the complaint was unfounded.   They won’t say “We did a biased investigation full of mistakes and lied about how we’d do it.”   That’s why I have to contact the Board, with evidence that Garanzini never addressed this situation and would be deceitful if he said he did.   Should it ever be in the media, I will have my letter to the Board.

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