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Loyola Chicago Will Hire Ex-Vatican Ambassador Despite Harassment Allegations

May 20, 2014
 

Loyola University of Chicago plans to hire a theology professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican after it reviewed allegations that he sexually harassed a married couple at his current employer.

Miguel H. Díaz, who was President Obama’s representative to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012, was found to have likely engaged in “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” toward a married couple who were his colleagues at the University of Dayton. Díaz planned to join the faculty at Loyola before the news broke – and still will after the Chicago university conducted its own review of the events. A spokesman for Loyola said in an email, “We have reviewed the allegations raised against Miguel Diaz and our offer to him stands.” He will become a professor at Loyola on July 1.

Díaz's lawyer, Gabriel Fuentes, said Díaz looks forward to joining the Loyola community. “Dr. Miguel Díaz has a long and distinguished record of service to the Catholic Church, academia, and our country,” Fuentes said in an email.

 
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