is a child molester and resigned as bishop of Palm Beach, Fla. You
shielded O’Connell — joining the criminal conspiracy established
by your predecessor, Michael F. McAuliffe — to continue the victimization of those who suffered throughout his career at
St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary.
The evidence is damning: you and your accomplices have lived
your lives between the lines of law and custom, empty cassocks
with no inner core of conviction.
It is appropriate, therefore, to review the record of the American bishops on this matter and comment on Pope Benedict XVI’s reconfiguration of the College of Cardinals, especially the promotion of Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan, whose career you nurtured as vocation director and chancellor with the Archdiocese of St. Louis (along with those outlined below):
and in the preservation of agonizing
shame, each survivor exists as an alien
in hiding among an army of peers. If
we could find the courage to face our
superstitions head on, we would see
that the apparitions veiled in the fog
aren't really monsters at all. They are
our children. They are us.”
Rev. Michael Alan Campbell:
Dolan’s St. Louis confessor,
confidant, and rectory-mate,
along with another sexual
predator, the Rev. Gary P.
Wolken, who now is
incarcerated in a Missouri
Narcissist; Dolan’s Personal Confessor
with a deep-seeded belief in privilege
and exclusivity regarding their social status
and the law. This narcissism is inculcated
and nourished throughout their so-called
priestly formation: the vital enzyme in
ascendancy in titanium. His St. Louis
schoolmate, crony, and personal confessor,
the Rev. Michael Alan Campbell, is the
new colophon of the bishops’ pedophile
priest protection program.
Campbell, was identified as a sexual predator in 2002. As is typical in
these cases, he admitted to one count of molestation: a teenage boy,
whom, he claimed, had just celebrated his 18th birthday (a boilerplate
excuse to minimize the severity of the crime).
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dolan defended his friend to the parishioners at our Lady of Sorrows Church on Sunday, 3 March 2002, noting that Campbell was an honest and forthright priest who “owned up to” the “inappropriateness” of sexual assault.
I met Campbell in August 1971 at Cardinal Glennon College just a few months after I graduated from high school at St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary in Hannibal, Mo. (the future bishop, Anthony J. O’Connell, was rector at the time). Campbell, my new best friend and classmate, introduced me to Tim Dolan. Dolan was completing his undergraduate career at Glennon and preparing to transfer to the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he would complete his theological studies.
Dolan and Campbell have remained good friends since their salad days
as high school students at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in
Shrewsbury, Mo. (known as Prep South). I was adopted by Campbell
and some of his Prep South friends as the country bumpkin to be groomed by his sophisticated city cousins: New Yorkers (Upper East Side) on the Mississippi, they liked to boast.
Kenrick Seminary: Cardinal Dolan (right) was ordained in 1976,
a year before Yours Truly enrolled at Kenrick Seminary studying
theology and history for the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo.
Source: Kenrick Seminary Student Identification Card.
Freymuth was first exposed as a child predator in 2002. Two additional allegations followed: the second reported in 2004 (a 12-year-old boy was molested) and the third in 2005. Freymuth was dismissed in 2005 as chaplain a Cardinal Ritter High School and part-time associate pastor of St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Church (2000-2005).
Freymuth then was transferred to Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, Alma, Mich., effective 3 January 2005. In early 2009, Freymuth was discovered living at Visitation-St. Ann Catholic Church since 2006 while working at St. Cronan’s Church and filling in at other St. Louis parishes. He was removed from active ministry in July 2009.
Curiously, the former pastor of St. Cronan’s, the Rev. Joseph D. Ross, was implicated in the sexual molestation of an 11-year-old boy in the 1980’s. Ross was exposed in 2002 along with Campbell. And all the while Dolan defended Campbell at Our Lady of Sorrows on that first Sunday in March 2003, Msgr. Dennis M. Delaney was working in tandem, attempting to assuage the parishioners at St. Cronan’s that very same day.
Freymuth and Campbell have maintained their friendship for more than 40 years. They have travelled the globe together to view Masada and Petra in the Middle East, rejoice in the splendor of the Vatican, and sample the luxuries of New York.
St. Louis (1968-1979) announced that Tim Dolan would pursue
graduate studies at the North American College. Carberry
(31 July 1904- 17 June 1998) was a canon lawyer. Tim Dolan
is one of the last of his fair-haired boys to achieve significant
academic status as well as career advancement.
I attended a bon voyage party for Tim Dolan on 21 August 1972 to
mark his departure to Italy. The primary host for the party, Denny
Delaney, is now Msgr. Delaney. Delaney’s second that evening is
now Msgr. Richard E. Hanneke.
My invitation to this event was due to my friendship with Campbell (known to many as “Otis,” a reference to a character on The Andy Griffith Show; and “Connie” to a select few who were familiar with the “Connie Casserole” dialogue in the 1970’s film The Boys in the Band). The fact that I was studying for the Diocese of Jefferson City served as a wisp of an entrée to this inner-circle of fustian fellows concentrating solely on future success and rewards.
Today, Msgr. Hanneke is director of priest personnel for the archdiocese. Msgr. Delaney is the director of the Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of St. Louis; and he is Campbell’s direct report at Calvary Cemetery. Delaney also is a former Kenrick rector.
As powerful administrators in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Delaney and Hanneke also worked in concert with Dolan so that Campbell has been allowed to live in semi-retirement at the Regina Cleri center for priests in Shrewsberry, Mo. (the old Kenrick Seminary property).
Strategy for Clergy Success
Six years after Denny Delaney’s and
Rich Hanneke’s party for Dolan and
Costa, I enrolled in an immersion
course at Kenrick to study group
dynamics, i.e. parish management,
negotiation technique, and people
One aspect of the class was a tour of
the cathedral in St. Louis with Cardinal
Carberry. He advised us to choose a
strong patron saint if we hoped to be
successful priests. His choice was
Charles Borromeo: the leader of the
Counter-Reformation and nephew of
the Medici pope, Pius IV. He joked
that Borromeo may have been a good
and holy man, but that was not how
he became a cardinal.
matured during my time at Kenrick, I
came to know another student named
Frank. Frank was famous because he
turned down Carberry’s offer to study at the North American College.
He was shy and unassuming. He preferred the life of a simple parish
priest and was derided for his choice. But he refused to cast himself
in the image of Borromeo . . . and Carberry.
cars. He did not lust after the luxury clerical goods from the Rome haberdasher, Gammarelli (for more insight about this class of clergyman, visit the New Liturgical Movement and note the dinner service, champagne, crystal and room décor). He did not share their motto:
“The people would want Father to have this.” (a loose translation of
the Crusades motto: Deus Vult — God wills it.).
pride with humility.
Mover and Shaker
his skills by organizing weekend Gauds
(Latin for Gaudeamus: Let us rejoice!):
drunken orgies complete with kegs and
pizza, supplied to under-age students
by the Vincentians and the archdiocese
of St. Louis.
Campbell’s expertise as a bon vivant
led to the chairmanship of the annual
Glennon fall festival (stepping into
Dolan’s shoes): a massive weekend
fundraiser that included a full-length
musical revue, gaming, and carnival.
His undergraduate success as a
fundraiser pleased his parents (his
father worked for McDonnell-Douglas
Corp. and lived in Webster Groves
with his wife, son, and daughter).
His administrative skill attracted
notice at the chancery.
Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell’s e-mail message to one of his victims with
Dolan’s personal contact information at the North American College
With Dolan’s support, this sense of entitlement led Campbell to participate in Holy Thursday and Good Friday services at St. Roch’s Church. Dolan’s and Campbell’s plan for Easter Tridium was cut short when the congregation revolted in horror at the idea of child molestation tainting the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection.
and Michael Campbell is that a third priest was involved to create a triumvirate of misfortune, misinformation, and misadventure at Our Lady of Sorrows rectory. Dolan shared the rectory with a 36-year-old priest named Gary P. Wolken, a child molester who was arrested at about the same time that Campbell was publicly identified as a sexual predator.
The prison record of the Rev. Gary P. Wolken of St. Louis Convict
1089057 is posted on http://www.doc/mo/gov. Wolken is serving
a 15-year prison sentence at the Missouri South Central Correctional
Center in Licking, Mo.
Gary Wolken is classmate of Bryan Kuchar, whom Dolan also defended vigorously: an amazing fact. A St. Louis circuit court judge sentenced Wolken to a 15-year prison term at the Missouri South Central Correctional Center in Licking for two counts of statutory sodomy
and six counts of child molestation involving a 7-year-old boy (1997-2000). Wolken was denied parole in 2006. His status as a convict was reconsidered in 2010: parole was denied.
What is disturbing is that Dolan lobbied the sentencing judge and parole board to release Wolken from prison three years into serving his sentence. Dolan continues to lobby for Wolken’s early release at each stage of the serial predator’s incarceration..
Wolken previously admitted that he had committed similar offenses
when he was aged 15 involving a 5-year-old boy, according to the
attorney for the second victim, Robert F. Ritter. Wolken would not
have been ordained had the first crime — although 25 years old — been known to church authorities. It has been suggested that the archdiocese eventually learned of the crime and Dolan became Wolken’s jailer at Our Lady of Sorrows.
The most interesting aspect about the Dolan-Campbell-Wolken triangle (as with Freymuth and Kuchar) is that a bishop chooses who will share his house. Given the layers of support by senior St. Louis administrators, I suspect most likely was a Dolan protégé; just that Wolken as Campbell was Dolan’s confessor.
Accomplices: Tim Dolan (left) with boyhood chum Msgr. Dennis M.
Delaney protected Campbell and Freymuth. Delaney is Campbell's
boss at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Note their shared passion
for French-cuffed shirts.
Poster Boys and Pedophile Priests: Msgr. Hanneke and Msgr. Delaney
Campbell has always maintained his
innocence, claiming the sexual assault
is unique to his life experience: i.e. it
only happened once. Campbell also
attempts to lessen the gravity of the
charge by claiming the victim was not
a minor, a fact that is simply not true.
Today Campbell is still a priest (inactive
status) and employed by the archdiocese.
He sells plots and funeral plans at Calvary
Cemetery. His current protector is another
old friend and mentor Msgr. Dennis M.
Delaney and one of the hosts for Dolan’s
1972 bon voyage celebration.
In January 2009, Msgr. Hanneke confirmed
that Michael A. Freymuth was removed
from active ministry when three allegations
of molestation were documented following
three-year investigation. As with Campbell,
Hanneke and Delaney have protected
Freymuth. But Freymuth also has a third
champion: Msgr. Richard Stika, now bishop
of Knoxville, who was director of child and
youth protection as well as chancellor prior
to his promotion to Anthony J. O’Connell’s
old haunt in Tennessee.
Campbell and Freymuth still maintain their friendship in addition to their personal relationships with powerful colleagues, who
are more than willing to protect them from
the civil authorities. As a result, both
Campbell and Freymuth are still priests.
Neither has been defrocked. Dolan is part
of their circle of influence.
Victims to Save Pedophile Friends
Costa’s career did not arc like his Midwestern
companion’s after their North American
College years. Costa was promoted and
recognized as a priest with expectations,
becoming a monsignor and the chancellor
of the Springfield, Ill., diocese, while
watching Dolan soar upward perch
the archdiocese of St. Louis rather than
Chicago. Kenrick’s sphere of influence
extends from Springfield in the east to
Lincoln, Neb., in the west with outposts
in Fort Worth, Texas (Bishop Vann) and
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Bishop Sheridan);
Minnesota to the north and a stretch
in the south from Tennessee to Oklahoma.
Child Safety Laws to Protect Predators
George J. Lucas was the rector of Kenrick
Seminary (1995-1999) when he was appointed
bishop of bishop of Springfield, Ill. Like Costa.
Kenrick. Lucas, in fact, was a year ahead of
Dolan at Prep South: Dolan, Class of 1968;
Lucas, Class of 1967. Dolan’s friend Delaney
succeeded Lucas in 1999 as rector of Kenrick
when Lucas was named bishop of Springfield.
In August 2009, Lucas he received another
promotion as archbishop of Omaha, Neb.
In a surprise, Lucas was succeeded by
an outsider: John J. Paprocki, a Chicago
auxiliary bishop with a J.D. from DePaul
University; an undergraduate degree
from St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein;
canon law degrees from the Gregorian.
Paprocki currently is finishing an M.B.A.
from Notre Dame. As we have learned
from the child molestation at Pennsylvania
State University, Paprocki's academic
success is no guarantee that he will protect
children from pedophile priests. Success
did not lead Joe Paterno to act in the best interest of the Penn State victims.
In 2004, Lucas removed Costa from his
post as chancellor, but not until the diocese
floated a story that he was mugged while
taking an evening stroll.
This version of his daily constitutional
faltered when the police questioned a
group of teenage boys who said they thrashed Costa after he offered each of them $50 to participate in a sexual act. Springfield’s Douglas Park is a notorious cruising area for men trolling for sex with other men.
Bishop Vann’s actions are troubling in light of the sex scandals that occurred at Kenrick during his days as a student there. One would expect better behavior after witnessing the pain and suffering members of his Springfield class experienced.
through catastrophies and others, apparently,
just as able and strong, go under? It happens
in every upheaval. Some people survive; others
don’t. What qualities are in those who fight
their way through triumphantly that are lacking
in those who go under . . . . ? I only know that
survivors . . . call that quality ‘gumption.’”
Next Time: The Next Generation Response Continues.