The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is on the case of a Wheeling Jesuit U. trustee, one of three Jesuits who voted to fire Rev. Julio Giuletti SJ as president. They want him suspended from the much larger, lay-and-Jesuit board of directors, on which he has also been serving.
WJU’s interim president, Davitt McAteer, told AP the university is pleased with Gleeson — he’s been a director since 2004 — and has no plans to suspend or investigate him.
Gleeson is discussed in an earlier blog. He had been named as a defendant in a highly publicized sexual harassment suit filed by a former seminarian, John Bollard, a Jesuit in training. Gleeson was president of the seminary, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Bollard told his story on “60 Minutes.”
Aside from [Rev. Anton} Harris [S.J.] sending suggestive pictures of naked men, he said, Gleeson, . . . asked Bollard to masturbate with him. [Another Jesuit, Rev. Andrew] Sotelo, a faculty member at St. Ignatius [High, where Bollard taught], suggested that they cruise gay bars, Bollard [said]. When he reported these passes to a supervisor [the provincial], he said, he was handed a coffee cup printed with the words “No whining.”
Bollard sued, asking $1 million, claiming workplace harassment. He won an appeals court case enabling him to do so. The Jesuits settled without going to trial. Gleeson, pictured here,
meanwhile has left his post as rector of the Jesuit Center at Wernersville, PA, for a September-to-December sabbatical. His replacement is filling in “until a certain unnamed long-term Jesuit replacement [be]comes [available], next summer.”