The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden is below investigation for unspecified allegations and is on depart from his place as president of Santa Clara College in Northern California, in response to a press release from the faculty’s board of trustees.
Rev. Kevin O’Brien allegedly “exhibited behaviors in grownup settings, consisting primarily of conversations, which can be inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and limits,” in response to the assertion by John M. Sobrato, the board chairman.
O’Brien gave the service at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, one of the vital outstanding Catholic church buildings in Washington, in January for Biden, who’s the nation’s second Catholic president, in addition to Vice President Kamala Harris, their households and elected officers earlier than the inauguration ceremony on the U.S. Capitol.
O’Brien additionally presided over companies for Biden’s inaugurations as vp.
The priest has identified Biden’s household for about 15 years, in response to the college. O’Brien was then serving at Georgetown College, one other Jesuit school. O’Brien has been president of Santa Clara College since July 2019.
Sobrato’s assertion, posted Monday to the college’s web site, didn’t specify the allegations in opposition to O’Brien however stated the trustees “help those that got here ahead to share their accounts.”
Sobrato stated that whereas O’Brien is on depart, the priest will likely be cooperating with the impartial investigation, with conclusions to be shared with the Santa Clara College Board of Trustees. O’Brien didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Tracey Primrose, spokeswoman for the Jesuits West Province, which is overseeing the investigation, didn’t elaborate on the investigations to The Mercury Information.
“Jesuits are held to an expert code of conduct, and the Province investigates allegations which will violate or compromise established boundaries,” Primrose instructed the newspaper.
Primrose didn’t instantly reply to The Related Press’ request for remark Thursday night time.
O’Brien joined the Society of Jesus in 1996, in response to the college, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006.
Positioned in Silicon Valley, the Jesuit establishment has an annual undergraduate enrollment of roughly 5,500 college students. Ranked as one of many prime 25 colleges for undergraduate instructing nationwide, the personal college has a million-dollar endowment and counts California Govs. Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown amongst its alumni.