The Basilians told everyone that Hanna had abused a man (BAD ENOUGH!) but now we found out he was credibly accused of CHILD sex abuse!!)
Jack Hanna, CSB
Religious: Basilian Fathers
Birth Year: 1944
Status: Faculties Removed 2013 (Galveston-Houston)
St. Thomas High School, Houston
(note that he was NOT a diocesan priest, he was a “religious” priest (ie. a member of an Order (eg. Basilians). His faculties were only removed for Houston. The Basilians never ensured that he didn’t receive faculties in Toronto.. swept under rug!
Fr Rosica with Fr Jack Hanna:
In 1999, during my last semester at the University of St. Thomas, I studied Spanish and Mexican culture in Merida, Yucatan, with a priest as one of my teachers. Father Jack Hanna, a charismatic and charming priest, taught us about Mayan culture and the joy of the Spanish language. Over those three months, I had no reservations in living in a house with him and the other dozen students.
A few weeks ago, the Galveston-Houston diocese released a list of priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Hanna‘s name was on the list.
My reaction was a mix of anger and shame. I remembered commenting frequently to a friend that I thought it was inappropriate how he singled out a male student, frequently and openly caressing his back. I remember that I thought it unusual how laid-back Hanna was: He drank beer freely and ignored our drinking binges and late-night parties. Ay, jovenes, he frequently said in jest when we tested his limits.