Oct 11, 2018 11:00 AM 4+ mon ago
A Jesuit priest living in the U.K. is facing a call for extradition to South Africa, where he is accused of sexually abusing a teenager in the 1980s. William Segodisho said at a press conference in Johannesburg Tuesday that he was sexually abused by Fr. William MacCurtain - a priest of the British province of the Society of Jesus - over a period of years during his stay at the Streetwise Children�s Shelter in Johannesburg. MacCurtain ran the shelter at that time. MacCurtain is now 84 years old and living in a nursing home in the English city of Bournemouth. According to the Society of Jesus, MacCurtain was removed from ministry in 2001, when the U.K. province was first informed of the allegations against him. Segodisho said that he was 13 years old when he met MacCurtain, who offered him shelter and protection, even paying for him to attend a private school for a period of time. The abuse, he claimed, was the price of MacCurtain�s help. Speaking to local press Oct. 9, Segodisho said that although the alleged abuse happened nearly 30 years ago, he felt it was important to speak out about what had happened to him. �I�ve kept silent for almost three decades, but I�m not getting any younger,� Segodisho said. �Life is unpredictable, and I would hate to take this to the grave. I�ve made a decision to come out into the open and tell the very sordid story of what happened to me.� Segodisho said the abuse ended in 1989, when he complained to another Jesuit priest and MacCurtain was transferred back to the U.K. In a statement released by its U.K. province Oct. 10, the Society of Jesus said that the matter �was only reported to the Jesuits in Britain for the Read more.
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