The Diocese of Jefferson City

A Case Study of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Childproof 29: Part V — Cardinal Dolan and the New Generation Response to Sexual Molestation by Clergymen

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Dear Bishop Gaydos:

What’s Up: Msgr. Dennis Delaney (left) served
as his high school chum’s master of ceremonies
when Timothy Dolan was named archbishop of
New York. At the 14 April 2009 vespers service
preceding Dolan’s consecration at St. Patrick
Cathedral, the pair had a moment to take in
the architectural sights of the edifice.
Ten years ago this month,
on 8 March 2002, Anthony J.
O’Connell admitted publicly
that he is a child molester. 
The method that you and
others used to shield the
disgraced bishop of Palm
Beach and former rector
of St. Thomas
Seminary is another link
in the long-established
criminal conspiracy to
victimize the vulnerable.

The evidence glistens in the sunlight that you and your accomplices live
your lives between the lines of law and custom:  a display of empty cassocks
with no inner core of conviction.  For example, Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan,
as archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisc., paid thousands of dollars in “hush money”
to a serial predator priest — the Rev. Franklyn W. Becker — in exchange for
Becker’s cooperation with the laicization process. Dolan let Becker move
into an unsuspecting small community where he’s been getting
no treatment. 

Consequently, whether in St. Louis, Milwaukee, or New York, it is appropriate to note Benedict XVI’s reconfiguration of the College of Cardinals with Dolan as we complete our updated commentary, published originally 29 March 2009 at Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation.  And we would like to remind you that the first chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, a former prosecutor, offered this public evaluation of the American hierarchy:

To act like La Cosa Nostra and hide and suppress,
I think, is very unhealthy. Eventually it will all
come out. . . .  To resist grand jury subpoenas,
to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny,
to obfuscate, to explain away; that is the model of
a criminal organization. . . .  I make no apology.

Gov. Frank Keating
  USCCB National Review Board

Bishops:  Paying Men and Boys for Sexual Favors Knows No Cost
As we have mentioned, the fact that Msgr. Eugene Costa of Springfield, Ill., was willing to pay for sexual favors is not the fundamental problem here.  Costa, in fact, may have survived the scandal if it were not for more damaging information in his personnel file, which the diocese has never disclosed and which is the true flaw of this situation.

After all, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee has acknowledged
that he paid a man $450,000 (est.) during the course of a long-term relationship.  Weakland claimed he never accessed archdiocesan funds for these cash transaction, citing his music royalties; but a forensic audit proved otherwise.  Weakland resigned in disgrace in 2001.

Members Only:  These Roman Catholic bishops in the United States
have been implicated in multiple molestation charges as a result
of pedophile priest scandal.  Their protectors have paid out
$22 million (est.) to settle individual claims of sexual molestation
brought against these men.  They are (top row, left to right):
Howard J. Hubbard, Albany, N.Y. , $2 million to the Debevoise
and Plimpton law firm to investigate privately and exonerate;
Thomas L. Dupre, Springfield, Mass., $4.5 million to 59 victims
and indicted on two counts, criminal charges dropped due to
the statute of limitations; Lawrence D. Soens, Sioux City, Iowa,
$9 million of  a $37 million by the diocese of Davenport; and
Robert N. Lynch, St. Petersburg, Fla., $100,000, sexual
harassment of male lay employee; (bottom row, left to right)
Robert H. Brom, San Diego, Calif., $100,000 , to a seminarian
as bishop of Duluth, Minn.; Anthony J. O’Connell, Knoxville,
Tenn., and Palm Beach, Fla., $500,000, to students as rector of
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, diocese of Jefferson City, Mo.;
Rembert G. Weakland, Milwaukee, Wisc., $450,000, to an adult
male; and G. Patrick Ziemann, Santa Rosa, Calif., $535,000,
to adult male victim and embezzlement of $16 million.  Ziemann
is deceased:  his colleagues are still accredited members in good
standing by the USCCB.  Brom, Hubbard, and Lynch remain as
leaders of their respective dioceses.

Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Bishop Robert H. Brom
of San Diego, Calif., each have paid out $100,000 to men in exchange for sex (Brom is a member of USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations).  Neither man has had the good grace to relinquish his office.

In addition, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., purchased his innocence by paying the New York law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton $2 million to explain away two allegations (the principle attorney investigating the case charges
$770 an hour).  In 2004, Bishop Thomas L. Dupre resigned as bishop of Springfield, Mass., as a result of his actions being disclosed to the public
(Dupre resigned in September 2004 after he was indicted by a Hamilton
County grand jury on two counts of child rape; Hamilton District Attorney
William Bennet did not prosecute the case because the statute of limitations
had expired and he allow Dupre to be hospitalized at St. Luke's Institute in
Silver Springs, Md., a private psychiatric facility operated by the church to
“treat” pedophile priests).

Three’s Company:  Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan (center) knows how to
keep a secret by evidence of his sharing the rectory at Our Lady of
Sorrows Church with two other clergy, who have been implicated in
the pedophile priest scandal.  The Rev. Gary P. Wolken (left) is
serving a 15-year sentence in the Missouri state penitentiary.  The
Rev. Michael A. Campbell has been forced into early retirement and
is living at Regina Cleri, a retirement home on the grounds of the old
Kenrick Seminary property in St. Louis.

G. Patrick Ziemann, the former bishop of Santa Rosa, Calif., embezzled
hundreds of thousands of dollars for trysts and left the diocese with a
$16 million deficit.  In addition, the diocese of Santa Rosa agreed to pay
$535,000 to the Rev. Jorge Hume Salas, who claimed that Ziemann forced
him into sexual slavery in exchange for covering up the priest's 1996 theft
of church funds from St. Mary of the Angels in Ukiah.  Ziemann resigned in
1999 only after Salas filed suit.  Ziemann died 22 October 2009.

The list is further extended to the following:

In 2010, Tod D. Brown,
retired as bishop of Orange
County, Ca., after settling 90
childhood sexual molestation
cases and paying $100 million
in restitution to the victims
of pedophile priests.
Tod D. Brown:  One allegation of child
involving the bishop of Orange,
Calif. (retired), was made public in 2007. 
According to the report, Brown molested
a 12-year-old boy in 1965.  Brown denied
the allegation
.  A church-appointed
commission exonerated Brown.  Launching
a public relations campaign, Brown issued
what he called his “Covenant with the Faithful,”
promising to support the victims of pedophile
priests.  Instead, he reverted to secrecy until
he was forced to settle 90 cases that tallied

$100 million in restitution.

Louis E. Gelineau:  In 1997, the bishop of Providence, R.I. (retired) was implicated in
the 1951 molestation and attempted murder
of young boy living at St. Joseph’s Orphanage,
Burlington, Vt.  According to the allegation, the boy fled Gelineau,
who was working as a religious brother at the orphanage, attempted
to drown the youngster.  The history St. Joseph's Orphanage is replete
with documented cases of physical and sexual abuse.  In a 1997 deposition, Gelineau stated that he remembered the boy at the orphanage as well as denying sexual contact with an altar boy in 1993.

Bishop Joseph H. Hart
Cheyenne, Wyo. (ret.)
Joseph H. Hart:  The bishop of Cheyenne, Wyo. (retired), denied in 2002 allegations that he sexually assaulted two junior high school boys
in the early 1970’s when he worked as a priest in Kansas City, Mo.  These allegations were reported to the Kansas City diocese in 1989
and 1992.  A third  allegation pertaining to Hart’s tenure as auxiliary bishop of Cheyenne (1976-1978) was deemed not credible by a church-appointed investigative committee.
In 2004, three civil suits were filed, alleging Hart molested three young boys.  One suit
noted that Hart used out-of-state trips with
one of the boys for purpose of multiple instances of sexual molestation, including bringing the boy back to Kansas City for
sexual purposes while he was bishop
of Cheyenne.

George E. Rueger:  The auxiliary bishop of Worcester, Mass. (retired),
was sued in 2002, alleging that he molested a teenage boy in the 1960's. 

The plaintiff dropped the suit in 2003 and a church-appointed commission found no proof.

Daniel L. Ryan:  In 1999, the bishop of Springfield, Ill. (retired), was implicated in a child molestation case involving at 15-year-old boy. 
The bishop also is alleged to have maintained an active sex life, engaging
in relations with other men.  Ryan’s successor is George J. Lucas, who
was rector of Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, and now is archbishop of Omaha, Neb.

William S. Skylstad:  The bishop of Spokane, Wash. (retired), denies the 2005 allegation that he molested an 18-year-old multiple times between 1961 and 1964.  Skylstad, then president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops denied the allegations.

J. Kendrick Williams
Bishop of Lexington (ret.)
J. Kendrick Williams:  In 2002, the bishop of Lexington, Ky., resigned when the three civil suits were filed alleging sexual molestation when he worked as a priest in the archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., between 1965 and 1981.  A fourth allegation alleges similar crimes when Williams worked as an auxiliary bishop in Covington, Ky. (1984-1988).  Williams denies
all charges.

USCCB:  A Club for Gentlemen of the
Cloth or Just Ecclesiastical Pariahs

Sadly, the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops still considers these men
as respectable gentlemen-of-the-cloth when, in fact, they are really pariah status prelates rather than role models for Roman Catholics to emulate.

Anyone making a quick perusal of the USCCB website will find some of the most notorious child molesters and sexual predators working for the Catholic Church today are included as Members in Good Standing.  Their names are prominently displayed: Anthony J. O’Connell, bishop of Palm Beach; J. Keith Symons former Bishop of Palm Beach; Lawrence D. Soens, former bishop of Sioux City, Iowa; Robert H. Brom, bishop of San Diego; Robert N. Lynch, bishop of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Thomas L. Dupre, former bishop of Springfield, Mass.; and Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., former archbishop of Milwaukee and Dolan’s immediate predecessor.  This list also comprises Tod Brown, Louis Gelineau, Joseph Hart, George Rueger, Daniel Ryan, William Skylstad, and J. Kendrick Williams.

And the fact remains that only death will remove a bishop from his lifetime membership in this club. G. Patrick Ziemann, who died in 2009, was followed by Robert F. Sanchez, archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., who died 21 January 2012.

Dolan has paid thousands of dollars of “hush money” to a serial predator priest — the Rev. Franklyn Becker — in exchange for Becker’s cooperation with the laicization process. Dolan let Becker move quietly into an unsuspecting small community where he’s been getting no treatment.

Dolan and Robert J. Baker, bishop of
Birmingham, Ala., at the USCCB 2003
summer conference in St. Louis, Mo.
When Baker was bishop of Charleston,
S.C., he facilitated O’Connell’s luxurious
retirement at nearby plantation. Baker is
a Josephinum alumnus (Class of 1970) and
member of the board of trustees.  His
ongoing participation in the cover-up
of pedophile priests gets mention during
his frequent guest appearances on
EWTN-TV, the international satellite
service based in his diocese through
the auspices of Mother Angelica.
Law and Order: Next Generation Role
Models Protecting Pedophile Priests
To formally connect the links of this
culture of clerical corruption we
should circle back to Msgr. Costa
of Springfield, Ill.  His chief defender,
a Kenrick alum and one of my
classmates, is now the bishop of
Fort Worth, Texas:  Kevin Vann.
In 2004, Vann, a canon lawyer
and superintendent of priests
for Springfield, offered minimal
cooperation with the police. He
kept the judges and  courts at
bay to the benefit of Costa. 

Vann also managed to make
headlines during the 2004 election
by refusing to give Holy
to Catholic politicians who supported reproductive healthcare
Vann, in turn, reported to his handlers:  George J. Lucas, now archbishop of Omaha, Neb., and Daniel Ryan, who resigned in disgrace in 1999.

The American bishops know the standards of civility and decency. But rather
than reject the actions of their colleagues, they continue to hold them up as
role models and persevere in maintaining an image of innocence and highlights the boyhood friendships destroyed by an educational system that nurtures a corrupt sense of elitism glossed with theological fervor.

As a power player in local
church affairs and then as
vicar general of St. Louis,
John R. Gaydos, bishop
of Jefferson City, Mo.,
shepherded the early
careers of many St. Louis
seminarians and priests, like
Dolan, Delaney, Hanneke,
Freymuth, and Campbell.
Gaydos came to power as
Carberry's last private
secretary when he stepped
in at the untimely death of
the Rev. Clarence Deddens.
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy
In America: Cabal Or Conspiracy Theory
The close-knit nature of the Roman Catholic hierarchy is not difficult to fathom.  Like any cartel, the members know a great deal about
each other, especially within their respective
spheres of influence. Their club, the USCCB,
is small: about 450 active members. Dolan,
for example, has known O’Connell for many
years as a seminarian, priest, seminary rector
at the North American College, and bishop
three dioceses now. The closeness of this
fraternity is revealed in O’Connell’s 2000
e-mail to one of his victims who was travelling
to Rome with Dolan’s private telephone

numbers and Vatican contacts.

This tale is as complex as it is simple: many
facets to a single highly-polished gemstone. 
Is this a story of clubhouse gossip or a cabal?   Circumstance or certainty?  Is it a conspiracy
of confederates or random acts of loners?  Six

degrees of separation or a web of deceit?  
Guilt by association or shared history?

We think not.

Your New York predecessor, Edward M. Egan, has not moved beyond his own disgrace as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., nor as archbishop of New York.  Smugly, in February, he abdicated his responsibility for the pedophile priest scandal,
lied about his involvement in the cover-up, and retracted his personal apology
to those victimized.

“I never had on these sex abuse cases, either in Bridgeport or . . . (New York),”
he told Connecticut Magazine in an 8 February 2012 interview.  He, then, continued by retracting his apology to victims of pedophile priests that he employed:  “I never should have said that.  I don't think we did anything wrong.”
To be sure, the facts are somewhere between supposition and hardcore truth
with a scattered pattern of dots that can be connected to form a picture of events in full detail.   We do know that these youthful friendships remain intact today despite acknowledged criminal acts or sincere efforts to conceal the facts:

    “Vanity is a mortgage that must be deducted from the value of a man.”
                                                                                     ― Otto Von Bismarck

Archbishop Tim Dolan: Who Will Be His Roy Cohn?
French-cuffed Cleric:
Timothy M. Dolan, the next
Cardinal Bubbles Spellman?
Tim Dolan, though, certainly is at the cusp of his personal history: a later-day Fulton Sheen with his Eternal Word Television Network fan base. And, yet, he closely personifies Suzanne Stone, Nicole Kidman’s maniacal character in the Gus Van Sant film To Die For:   You aren’t really anybody in America if you’re not on TV.”

As a result, his attitude toward the abuse of children remains vague and venal — as weak a dishwater — and with the mark of Cain on his character.

Indeed, Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan may become
the next Francis Cardinal Spellman with a career
as boldly outlined as John Cooney detailed in his 1984 epic: The American Pope: The Life and Times of Francis Cardinal Spellman.   I wonder who his Roy Cohn
will be since even a priest must do things to prevent harm to society.

Note: To learn more about the relationship of Cardinal Spellman and
Roy Cohn, read Citizen Cohn: The Life and Times of Roy Cohn, by
Nicholas Von Hoffman.

Next Time:  Jefferson City and Clergy Assignment Histories.

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