Rev. Manus P. Daly, 1982
of children by priests. The crimes tabulated in the new report, for the most part, are from the same bishops who have concealed who have concealed these crimes for more than a decade.
our earlier request for a full
investigation of O’Connell and
the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary
be reckless, assuming that clergy sex crimes are somehow
magically being reduced, or we can be prudent, assuming that
clergy sex crimes are essentially happening at the same rate,
or a higher rate, than before.
and more than four times as much on their lawyers as on victims
($28 million vs. $6.5 million).
of the range and the scandal
in Mid-Missouri. The inability
to obtain insurance coverage prompted the Catholic Church
to become self-insured in 1988 when it launched the National Catholic Risk Retention Group Inc. Jefferson City is one of its 66 shareholder members, which includes one-third of the Roman Catholic dioceses
in the United States.
The Anchor 1982 (above) records McNally celebrating The Mass
with Bishop McAuliffe to the 1981-1982 STAS school term.
David G. Buescher (STAS spiritual director and faculty, 1972-1976), and the Rev. John J. Whiteley (STAS faculty 1966-1967).
and colleagues free access to vulnerable students, transforming the boarding school into a hunting ground. This list of pedophile priests includes the Rev. Thomas Seifner (1984 STAS graduate), the Rev. Frank Westhoff, the Rev. John H. Fischer, the Rev. Kevin P. Clohessy (STAS graduate 1977), the Rev. Stephen L. Faletti, the Rev. Donald L. Wallace, and the Rev. Hugh F. Behan.
had access to the Hannibal seminarians remains a mystery: the Rev. Carmin Sita/Gerald Howard, the Rev. John DeAngelis, the Rev. John F. Degnan, the Rev. John J. Schutty.
that cannot begin to recover without independent, in-depth investigation and analysis of documentary evidence and eye-witness accounts that have been hidden away in records from the inception of this diocese in the 1950s.
numerous young boys during his 25-year
tenure at St. Thomas and elsewhere since
he was ordained in 1964 at St. Peter’s Church
in Jefferson City.
graduation Class of 1970 throughout their four
years of study at St. Thomas; four were molested
between 1967 and 1968 along with members of
the freshman class who graduated in 1971.
Rev. Thomas Seifner, 1982
in which O’Connell grouped his unknowing victims in casual settings. In The Anchor 1968, for example, he grouped Zachary (pseudonym) with other victims: a shot with Alexander (pseudonym) here; a portrait of Zachary and Max (pseudonym) there; and then a group of shot of three victims on yet another page. Max has a brother who is a prominent priest in the diocese.
of the vocation committee. They and other committee members
appear on Page 40 of The Anchor 1969 (above, back row left to
right) are: Unidentified, Whiteley, the Rev. Frank Simoni, Fischer,
and STAS faculty the Rev. John Boland and the Rev. John Pack;
(front row, left to right) the Rev. Patrick Shortt (a future faculty
member) the Rev. Richard Kaiser (rector), the Rev. Richard Hunkins,
and the Rev. Fred Elskamp (dean of students). O’Connell, of course,
took the picture.
of virtue to the high school seminarians in the alumni newsletter,
Daly’s 35th ordination anniversary at St. Thomas
even after he has been removed as rector for
sexually assaulting a student several years prior.
to St. Thomas as bishop of Knoxville to celebrate
the ordination anniversaries of and Msgr. Jacques
Wenting and Msgr. David Cox (Gaydos and
O’Connell have full knowledge of Cox’s
as an exemplary St. Thomas graduate (1984).
were employed as St. Thomas faculty members as
early as 1963: O’Connell and the Rev. John Whiteley
(together, page 7, 1967) and the Rev. Hugh Behan
(another Irish recruit, feted with a full-page tribute,
page 9, 1967); Daly and the Rev. David G. Buescher
(faculty page, 1972).
Bishop John R. Gaydos presented the Rev. Thomas Seifner to STAS students
as a role model, according to the Fall 2000 issue of the seminary newsletter,
The St. Thomas Voice.
Thomas Seifner, who is a member of the current generation of pedophile priests :
of Jefferson City that Father Tom Seifner is a
priest ordained for service [here]. Father Tom’s
ministry is all about people.
is the people that God puts in my life,"
Father Tom comments.
naming Fathers O’Connell, David Maher,
Pat Shortt, and Louis McCorkle as those who
challenged him spiritually. Father Jacques
Wenting challenged him academically, and
Father Manus Daly challenged him personally.
finest graduates of St. Thomas and we thank
you for your fine example. Ad multos annos.