The Most Reverend John R. Gaydos
Bishop of Jefferson City
P. O. Box 417
605 Clark Avenue
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
John R. Gaydos
Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo.
bit more about the hypocrisy, cynicism,
and secrets of the Roman Catholic Church
in general and the Diocese of Jefferson
City in particular regarding predatory
priests. Consequently, we renew our
call-to-action to investigate the sexual
exploitation of STAS students by Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell and other faculty members throughout the high school’s
45-year history (1957-2002).
your active participation in the American
bishops’ child molestation conspiracy and
introduce readers to new documentation
from St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (STAS)
students and other survivors regarding
this scandal: in short, we will provide
a catalogue of sexual abuse and chicanery
by clergymen in your employ. The documentation to follow throughout the publication of this electronic venture will describe sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and a history of systematic cover-up by the leadership of the Jefferson City diocese to protect those in authority while promoting those who have maintained these secrets through sophistry and subterfuge.
to yet another effort on your part to conceal
child molestation by another renegade priest
working for you: the Rev. Thomas Seifner
(documentation will be published with
succeeding posts). We know that Seifner
has been accused of “inappropriate electronic communication” with a minor and temporarily removed from his duties as result of his predatory victimization of youngsters entrusted to his care. Sadly, the former pastor of the Catholic churches in Loose Creek and Bonnots Mill also is a STAS graduate
(Class of 1982).
Mark A. Foley
the Republican politician from Palm Beach, Fla., was implicated in a similar pedophile victimization scheme. He resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives 29 September 2006. The FBI launched an inquiry. Foley’s targets — high school students who serve
as Congressional pages — were protected
and vindicated fully in the wake of the disclosures. The victims of O’Connell, Seifner, and other predators working for
you, deserve the same respect from the leadership of the Diocese of Jefferson City.
at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Rev. Carmine Sita
aka Gerald Howard
CNN unveiled the traumatic 25-year
victimization of Patricia Bond and
her son, Nathan, by the Rev. Henry Willenborg,the former rector of Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLA) in Quincy, Ill. (closed in 1987), and the duplicity and culpability of the Order
of the Friars Minor (the Franciscans). We learned that Willenborg deserted
his child and abdicated his parental obligations (translation: deadbeat
dad) under the guise of religious priorities
and Canon Law restrictions. We have witnessed the Franciscans’ intimidation campaign to silence a mother and child even to the point of sacrificing the child to terminal illness rather than provide medical treatment all to protect a charlatan masquerading as a clergyman.
Henry Willenborg, OFM
is that during his tenure as OLA rector
(1979–1986), Bishop O’Connell conducted
his own self-described marauding campaign
on the opposite bank of the Mississippi River
in Hannibal: Quincy’s sister city and the
landmark boyhood home of Mark Twain
and the childhood icons he created in
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and
and the vocation director for the diocese recommended OLA and
then-Quincy College to STAS graduates. Five members of my graduating class (1971) enrolled at OLA and are Quincy College alumni. Quincy College faculty taught at St. Thomas. Quincy
College medical staff treated St. Thomas students.
In 1984, Willenborg was hired to lead the Junior-Senior Class retreat. The event is recorded in The Anchor, 1984, page 19:
and to develop further our relationship with God. Within an hour we had our first lead. We were
asked to draw a symbolic picture of our feelings
in order to geta hint of the way we view our life
[sic]. The rest of the day was devoted to researching
and digesting this evidence.
Anthony J. O’Connell hired the Rev. Henry Willenborg and
the Rev. John Doctor to conduct a retreat for St. Thomas
students in October 1984 at Our Lady of the Angels
Seminary. The Anchor, 1984, p. 19.
enlightenment that would help us to see we had
a call to conversion. We saw the need to forgive,
although we might not always be forgiven ourselves. That night we were invited to see the lifestyle college
seminarians studying for the Fransican Order, by
joining the O.L.A. students for a pizza party.
investigation with new insights on the Eucharist.
This broadened our vision greatly and helped us
get closer to God’s gift-of-self.”
Canice Connors, OFM, Conv.
President — St. Luke’s Institute
President — Conference of
Major Superiors of Men
and handler is remarkably similar to
the Rev. Michael Perry, Willenborg’s
immediate supervisor and now head
of the Franciscan order worldwide. Perry obviously supports the views
of his predecessor, the. Rev. Canice Connors, who — in his infamous 2002 keynote address at the annual meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors
of Men in Philadelphia — advised that religious order need not comply
with the American bishops’ Charter
for the Protection of Children and Young People:
of absolutes, the creation of an objective order
from which there is no escape. The violence of
this warfare does not consist so much in injuring
or annihilating persons as in interrupting their continuity, stabilizing them in roles in which they
no longer recognize themselves, making them
betray not only commitments but their own substance,
making them carry out actions that will destroy every
possibility of authentic self. If we, for whatever noble
and even moral purposes, totalize all abusers (and
by implication all victims), do we not sell the eschatology of hope for the sake of passing, popular approval; for verification of full demonstration in righteous warfare?”
in Syracuse, N. Y. But even more alarming is Connors’ personal
and professional knowledge of the criminal cover-up by the
to the Bishops at the 1993 annual meeting, “The
Catholic Church in North America possesses the
greatest data bank of evaluation and treatment
of non-incarcerated pedophiles on the continent.
That data should be analyzed scientifically and
shared with others studying the problem.” Funding
for the study was rescinded when it was 86 percent
complete; and the data and preliminary conclusions
have never been disseminated.
damaging facet this stark reality
has been disclosed in just the
last 10 hours of this post: Pope Benedict XVI engaged similar tactics as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich
and Freising (1977-1982). Ratzinger, who became a cardinal
in 1977, shuffled the Rev. Peter Hullermann frequently despite previous convictions as a child molester. We have Hullermann’s partial criminal: in 1980, he forced an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex; in 1986, he received an 18-month suspended sentence with five years of probation for child molestation; in May 2008, he was removed from duty, but still employed by the German archdiocese. It is a safe bet that the conspiracy of the German bishops will mirror the corruption of the Diocese of Jefferson City and the American church.
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Next Time: Clergy Sex Abuse Permeates the Diocese of Jefferson City