John R. Gaydos
the survivor of a pedophile priest a
meager portion of the medical expenses accrued over a period of nearly 25 years.
Even more important, we discovered
that the survivor also wrangled an acknowledgment from your pen that the childhood sexual molestation allegations may, in fact, be true.
orchestrated the cover-up Bishop Anthony J.
O’Connell’s sex crimes at St. Thomas Aquinas
Seminary in Hannibal so that O’Connell could
be promoted as bishop of the Diocese of Palm
gangrene in a November 2002 opinion piece
published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. You
recommended that the diseased flesh should
be cut away from the healthy, using a painful
medical procedure called debriding.
campaign to bankrupt a Jefferson City artisan
blacksmith who helped establish a local chapter
of the Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests (SNAP). The scale of cancelled contracts
and commissions nearly force the business owner
to close shop.
those attending a press conference at the Cathedral
of St. Joseph with criminal trespass and arrest.
Their crime: announcing the results of a study
about the Jefferson City clergy molestation
scandal entitled Thy Child’s Face.
O’Connell victims request for medical
for his son, and has lost his standing as an
ordained deacon of the church. A second victim,
who is one of my classmates at St. Thomas, is
homeless in Las Vegas.
support from the Federal Government:
for some their situation is critical — a
subsistence livelihood due to so many
years of being unable to work.
David Clohessy, 1966
Mr. Clohessy forced you to the ground and, then, made you “Uncle.” And the total sum of us, again, cheer him on for that, because we know there’s nothing we can do about the past, but we always have today and the ability to hug those we love.
We wait for the Diocese of Jefferson City to open its books for all to see what has happened.
We wait for Gaydos to practice true leadership: the leadership of transparency and justice for all.