President Joe Biden’s inaugural Mass’ Jesuit Priest has resigned his position as the president of Santa Clara University in California under the shroud of scandal, according to The Washington Examiner.
According to the publication’s report, Rev. Kevin O’Brien has resigned May 9 after an investigation discovered that he “participated in unprofessional, alcohol-influenced conversations with graduate students.”
The chairman of the school’s board, John Sobrato, announced the high profile priest’s departure in a statement on Wednesday and Lisa Kloppenberg is now serving as the acting president of Santa Clara University while the board searches for a new president.
“Father 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,” Sobrato said Wednesday.
The Province also advised the Board that alcohol was involved and that no inappropriate behavior was found in any settings outside of these dinners.”
This revelation came after O’Brien was placed on leave by the USA West Province two months ago and an independent investigation was begun, according to a March 18 letter by Sobrato.
If these accusations are true, it would be the latest in a long string of inappropriate priests being found out after an unknown period of misdeeds.
Misconduct on the part of the Catholic Church clergy is so prevalent that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is calling on the Jesuits to broaden the investigation.
The group said they hope the investigation will go into other locations that O’Brien was previously employed, such as Georgetown University.
“SNAP is alarmed with the limited amount of information that has been provided about the case and wants to see the probe expanded,” the group said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Questions about not only O’Brien, but his association with Biden have begun to crop up, including on social media where one user said, “Everyone associated with those clowns are hung up in some way either being blackmailed or blackmailing.”
Another questioned how the event would be covered in the media, saying “Now I’m sure Our MSM will start demanding investigation to those in Biden’s inner circle. You know like they did for past 4 years because they aren’t biased.”