The Jesuit priest who oversaw President Biden’s inaugural Mass resigned from his post as president of Santa Clara University this week after an internal investigation found he engaged in behaviors that conflicted with the Jesuit order’s “protocols and boundaries,” according to a statement issued by the school Wednesday.
O’Brien, who formerly served at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and has known the Bidens since the mid-2000s, had been president at Santa Clara since July 2019.
An investigation by the Jesuits West Province, which oversees Jesuit priests in eight states including California, found O’Brien had “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.”
Alcohol was involved in the incidents, according to Sobrato’s letter to university faculty and staff, though it was unclear how. The investigation did not uncover any improper behavior outside of the dinners, the letter said.
O’Brien had been directed to enroll in a four- to six-month outpatient program to address personal issues related to alcohol and stress, according to Sobrato’s letter.
It was unclear how O’Brien’s conduct violated the Jesuit order’s rules, when the dinners took place or how many students were present. A university spokeswoman referred questions to the West Province, which did not immediately reply to an e-mail from The Times….
The above comes from a May 12 story in the L.A. Times.