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Ex-Loyola Academy president removed from ministry

May 4, 2010 4:53:11 AM PDT
A former president of Loyola Academy has been removed from the active ministry after he admitted having an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

Reverend Larry Reuter was president of the Jesuit school from 1975 until 1990.

The decision to remove Reuter was made by the Society of Jesus, the organization that oversees Jesuits in this part of the country.

Jesuit officials say they sought reconciliation with the person victimized by Larry Reuter. They said they have reached a settlement with that individual, there have no been no other complaints about Reuter, and they have removed Reuter from active ministry.

News is starting to spread among faculty and parents at Loyola Academy about a former president of the school, Larry Reuter, after he admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student.

"I also happen to have known him in the past, so that made me really when I heard that it was him, because I thought he was one of the good guys. And I'm sure he is a good guy, but he's obviously got something wrong," said Dianne Fox, parent.

Reverend Reuter, who is 69 years old, was president of Loyola Academy from 1975 to 1990, although the time frame of when the incident occurred is not known. After leaving the academy, Reuter went on to work in the ministry at Loyola University until 2002 and at Loyola University Medical Center until March. The decision to remove him from the active ministry comes from the Society of Jesus, which oversees Jesuits in the region.

A new review of personnel files brought the incident to light.

In a statement, Rev. Timothy Kesicki of the Society of Jesus says: "I grieve for those who have suffered at the hands of any Catholic priest or religious. This is part of my daily prayer."

Current Society of Jesus President Rev. Patrick McGrath said: "This behavior violates the core of who we are called to be as Christians and as a Jesuit school community whose mission demands that we dedicate ourselves to the care and protection of our students."

Barbara Blaine, with the organization Survivors of Those Abused By Priests, says the Jesuits have not made student safety a priority.

"I think it's not enough for the Jesuits today to say they are heartbroken. That is not a sufficient response. I think that they should be answering many more questions about how many others might have been abused and how long have they known," said Blaine.

A statement by the Jesuits goes on to say that anyone who has been abused by one of their priests is urged to contact authorities, no matter how much time may have passed since the abuse.


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