Rev. James M. Smith
STAS Class of 1987
Smith was associate pastor of St. Peter’s
Church, Jefferson City (2003-2006). We
understand he left his vocation suddenly.
The circumstances are murky, involving
a parish employee, whom, we are told,
he married in undue haste.
graduate (Class of 1987), is an intriguing
creature: Uriah Heep in a clerical dress,
sycophant, narcissist. You only had to
read his on-line BLOG to sense his
personality and character at Portrait
of a Priest at BlogSpot.com
way to defend two priests publicly identified as child predators:
the Rev. John Schutty and the Rev. Louis E. Dorn. According to Smith, even publicizing the diocese’s preliminary action against the two clergymen is a disservice to the two priests accused of wrong-doing. (Dorn, later, was exonerated after an intensive effort to convince the victim to recant, but the extent of his innocence remains in doubt.)
“It’s nobody’s business,” he insisted. “There is a way this is handled in the diocese.”
Smith was just as sanctimonious in electronic correspondence with
a clergy abuse victim regarding this matter, dated Tuesday,
25 April 2006, 7:26 a.m.:
“The rule for removing a priest is that if a priest has an accusation against him, he is removed while the accusation is being investigated for credibility. The accusation is investigated by civil, not church, authorities. The accusations made against Fr. Schutte [sic] and
Fr. Dorn have not been proven credible yet, but these priests are already guilty in the minds of those who are listening to the rumors and gossip about them. Guilty until proven innocent.
“If an accusation has merit, then the priest is put on permanent leave and the process of laicization is begun. If it does not have merit, he is returned to service.
“Now, here’s the problem. If the bishop removes a priest because an uninvestigated accusation has been made, and makes public that the priest has been removed because of an accusation, he ruins the priest’s reputation and makes it impossible for him to return to service, precisely because in people’s minds, we are guilty until proven innocent. If the accusation has merit, then the bishop has committed the sin of detraction by publicizing
the sin of another.
“The fact is, those spreading rumors are guilty of the sin of gossip and detraction. These priests may be innocent, but they’ll never be able to return to service now because the gossip has ruined their reputations.
“People do not have “the right” to know that a priest is removed. If an accusation against a priest is proven, then steps will be taken to make sure that if there are other victims, those victims will be found and helped as much as we are able.
“As always, if you want to talk, I am available. Let me know.
“[A reporter] contacted me from the Associated Press in Columbia, telling me he had received an email in which I address questions concerning Frs. Lou Dorn and John Schutte [sic].
“The emails I wrote to you were meant for private correspondence because I thought you were asking for guidance, making statements that you were lost. I was trying to help you as a friend.
Rev. Brian J. Driscoll
no reason stated. He is the sixth priest,
and former vocation director, who left
the priesthood in the wake of O’Connell-
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary scandal.
We would like to know the circumstances of his resignation in light of his role as the bag man assigned to silence O’Connell victims with hush money. We would like to know the income source that allowed him to build a new house in California, Mo., shortly after his resignation; and now, apparently, resides in one of the more affluent section Jefferson City.
In an e-mail message to me, dated Friday,
10 October 2008, 6:11 p.m., Mr. Driscoll wrote:
Rev. Mr. Brian J. Driscoll
pay. Mr. Driscoll was 82 when he died.
He is the same age as my mother. And
as I have stated before, neither you nor
Bishop O’Connell have condescended
to apologize to her.
| Clare Booth Luce|
According the biography, Mrs. Luce, a reluctant Anglophile, quickly succumbed to the allure of the glamorous young air attaché.
This “assignment” may have proved too much for Dahl. According to the biographer, Dahl told Lord Halifax, then the British Ambassador in Washington, he was “all f----- out” because Mrs. Luce “had screwed [him] from one end of the room to the other for three goddam nights”. Others have dismissed this story as a “wild flight of fancy,” according to some witnesses to this event. For Dahl, its very improbability made the tale hilariously funny.
The Rev. Eugene Speichinger (left) and
Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe in Peru.
Source: The Anchor, 1982, p. 99.
of Conception Seminary, was
ordained in 1965, two years
after O’Connell. He was assigned as a chaplain to St. Francis Hospital, Marceline; and, then, as an associate pastor to
St. Peter’s, Jefferson City. Thereafter he was affiliated with the Peru mission program, working in Capachica as a pastor and rural community developer for 12 years. As director of an international, ecumenical mission, Mr. Speichinger worked on the construction of schools, roads, irrigation systems, electrical and mechanical installations, bridges, and management of a 5,500-acre community cooperative agricultural project.
until 1976 when they returned to the United States to settle in Columbia. Mr. Speichinger was employed by the Missouri Depart of Economic Development and together, the couple raised their four daughters.
Gene Speichinger maintained his reputation without tarnish.
Rev. Frank Stangl
d. 2 February 2008) may serve as a reserve
model for Driscoll and Smith. In 1956 he
was assigned to St. Peter’s, Jefferson City,
when the diocese was established.
rather than the priesthood. For many years,
Stangl lived in Germany, returning to the
United States in recent years to enjoy
retirement. Sources indicate that he shared
the later portion of his life with a woman he
met in Germany.
19 December 1953. As a priest, he served in the Diocese of Jefferson City and in the United States Army. When he returned to the U.S. in 1996, he was able relocated to the Diocese of Raleigh rather than return to McAuliffe’s organization.
he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in St. Louis. He received his doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He taught religion courses at the University of Missouri for 22 years until McAuliffe concocted a similar loyalty test. Stangl refused to acquiesce to McAuliffe’s demand.
O’Connell recorded the Rev. Louis E. Dorn at St. Thomas with Bishop
Michael F. McAuliffe and on other occasions. Source: The Anchor
(clockwise), 1982, p. 22; 1981, p. 7; and 1982, p. 25.
In 2010, Dorn, amazingly, was named head of the diocesan Mediation and Arbitration Board.
We find it curious that the Rev. Hugh F. Behan is still on the Jefferson City payroll. According to the 2010 Diocesan Directory he is considered “Inactive/On Leave,” but, surely, this must be an error.
Rev. Hugh F. Behan with his Mother and the Rev. Manus P. Daly.
Source: The Anchor, 1976, p. 37
Of the six priests listed on leave in the 2002–2003 diocesan directory, three have been implicated in sex crimes: Hugh F. Behan, former editor of the Catholic Missourian; Manus P. Daly, former rector of St. Thomas Seminary; and Donald L. Wallace. Behan, at last glance, still lives in Florida; Daly, reportedly, has retreated to County Donegal in Ireland; the whereabouts of Wallace are unknown.
30-minute Sunday morning talk show (1986-1988). The former editor of the Catholic Missourian is classic sexual predator: he feigns innocence, denies everything, and continues to pontificate.
|Rev. Hugh F. Behan, 1967|
Rev. Hugh F. Behan and Rev. Manus P. Daly. Source: The Anchor, 1977