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Question: When can a Jesuit lie?

July 29, 2009

Answer:  When you try to hold him accountable for what he did.

Two examples.

The first:  The Jesuit who sexually assaulted me apologized twice, once when I ran into him in Chicago when I was visiting friends,  and a second time when he called me out of the blue when I was in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Oregon.  (I had not contacted him either time.)

He denied it when there was accountability in 2003.  But the Jesuits believed me.

The second:  The Jesuit provincial, #2 who is leaving this week, lied recklessly when I caught him making mistakes and allowing breaches in the agreement.

There is no accountability in the Jesuit order for provincials who tell lies about their misdeeds.

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