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Thu May 13, 2021, 09:11 AM

Jesuit priest resigns as president of Santa Clara university for inappropriate behavior

A Jesuit priest who delivered the homily at a Mass for the inauguration of President Biden has resigned as the president of Santa Clara University after he engaged in inappropriate behavior, university officials said on Wednesday.

An investigation by the Jesuits West Province found that the priest, the Rev. Kevin O’Brien, “engaged in behaviors, consisting primarily of conversations, during a series of informal dinners with Jesuit graduate students that were inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries,” the chairman of the university’s board of trustees said in a statement to the university community.

“The Province also advised the Board that alcohol was involved and that no inappropriate behavior was found in any settings outside of these dinners,” the statement said.

The statement, which did not elaborate further on the behavior, said that Father O’Brien, who had been placed on leave in March, notified the board of trustees that he was resigning on Sunday, and that the board accepted his resignation on Monday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/us/priest-santa-clara-university.html?action=click&module=In%20Other%20News&pgtype=Homepage

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Demovictory9 May 13 OP
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Midnight Writer May 13 #2
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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 12:00 PM

1. well, it was only a matter of time.

I'm an observer of Freedom From Religion principles. As such, the one drawback I have for any political leader is their open devotion to any religion, including Catholicism.

I had a mix of religious exposures in my early life, including Catholicism and by the time I reached 12 years old, I knew it was a lot of bs as I began to learn of it's dark side.

But at the time, I didn't realize how wide spread "bad behavior" actually was.

My views are in a minority on this matter, but I think there are more observers of FFR than is widely considered.

Saddens me greatly that this Priest wasn't vetted more thoroughly before he was chosen to deliver homily for President Biden's Inauguration. But they know how to keep their secrets, secret.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 03:38 PM

2. Did he get ousted for telling the truth?

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #2)

Thu May 13, 2021, 04:16 PM

3. not sure. clearly he got drunk and made inappropriate statements.. that could mean

many things.

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