The Diocese of Jefferson City

A Case Study of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Monday, May 7, 2012

Childproof 30: Breaking the Silence — Some True Things About St. Thomas Perpetrators; Jefferson City Predators



Page 30


Editorial Update:  8 November 2012

Dear Bishop Gaydos:
John R. Gaydos
Bishop
Jefferson City, Mo.

This report is a database (partial and
inconclusive as it may be), compiled
from available public sources and
records from the Diocese of Jefferson
City.  We have identified 63 priests
who were placed “On Leave,” “Inactive,”
or “On Duty Outside Diocese (ODOD)
between 1963 and 1989.

This 26-year time frame coincides
with the tenure of
Bishop Anthony J.
O’Connell as a rector and faculty
member of St. Thomas Aquinas
Preparatory Seminary, Hannibal, Mo.;
and his 17-year tenure (1972-1989)
as the major influence and decision-
maker of the diocese’s so-called
“Priest Personnel Board.”

 
Since 2002, when Gaydos closed St. Thomas Seminary in the wake of the molestation scandal there, Gaydos has been forced to settle dozens of abuse cases.  Roughly 15 percent of his priests have been removed from the ministry in the past two decades.

As of 2004, the Jefferson City Diocese reported 69 direct sexual
abuse allegations against 27 priests since 1956, according to a survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The 27 priests, whose names Bishop John R. Gaydos withheld.  Gaydos calculated that only 6 percent of the priests who served in the diocese have been implicated in the child sex scandal. 

But Gaydos did acknowledge that the Diocese of Jefferson City, as of September 2004, had paid $591,000 in settlements and assistance
to victims.

The diocese was a party to a $600,000 settlement in 2009, related
to child molestation charges (some as old as 1976) against the Rev. Carmine C. Sita of Newark, N.J., (known as the Rev. Gerald Howard in Jefferson City).  The diocese was assessed
$225,000 of the total, of which $150,000 was covered by insurance and $75,000 came from a church coffers.


Farewell Portrait:  Msgr. Marion Markarewicz (center) posed in 2002
with the last cohort of students at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.  Bishop
John R. Gaydos closed the boarding shool in May 2002 as a result of the
pedophile priest scandal; the admission by Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell
that he had sexually assaulted students during his tenure as a faculty
member and rector (1963-1989); civil suits filed by former
students.  Source:  The Anchor, 1982.


And on 14 March 2012, nearly 10 years to the day that Anthony J. O’Connell resigned in disgrace as bishop of Palm Beach, Bishop Gaydos announced that another of his countrymen, the Rev. Brendan Doyle, was being removed as a result of the discovery of child pornography on his computer at Helias High School.

Father Doyle’s aberration is compounded by the statistics in the 2010
and 2003-2004 directories published by the Diocese of Jefferson City. 

The delayed response by Gaydos also indicates that little has changed
in protecting ordained child predators.


Golden Parachure: Records indicate that
Bishop Gaydos granted the Rev. Hugh
Behan, former Editor of the Catholic
Missourian, a Leave of Absence in 2003.
Behan’s status remains unchanged even
though he is implicated in the sexual
assault of two young girls. Source:
The Anchor, 1967 (left), p. 9; 1979
(right), p. 33.
According to the 2010 Jefferson City Diocesan Directory, five
priests are listed as “Inactive” or “On Leave” (See Chart Below). 
The Rev. Manus P. Daly and the Rev. David G. Buescher are classified as “Retired.”  We know that at least four had issues in this area of the law.


The 2003-2004 Jefferson City
Diocesan Directory lists six
priests as “On Leave”; and,
again, we know that three of
the clergymen have been
identified as predatory priest
and a fourth priest is an accomplice is the Church scheme to pay hush money to silence witnesses (See Chart Below). The 2003-2004 Directory also identifies two priests as “Serving Outside of the Diocese”; and we don’t know exactly what that terms means since both also have been placed “On Leave” just the sexual predators.


The three priests listed as “On Leave” in the 2002–2003 Diocesan Directory regarding sex crimes are the Rev. Hugh F. Behan, former editor of the Catholic Missourian; the Rev. Manus P. Daly, former rector of St. Thomas Seminary; and the Rev. Donald L. Wallace. The fourth priest, the Rev. Brian J. Driscoll, former vocation director, was a participant in a scheme to pay hush money to a victim of Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell, as detailed in e-mail messages and voice mail transcripts disclosed in court documents.




2010 Jefferson City Directory
Status/Assignment
1.
Rev. Hugh F. Behan
Inactive-On Leave
2.
Rev. David G. Buescher
Retired
3.
Rev. Manus P. Daly
Retired
4.
Rev. Thomas D. Hereford
Inactive-On Leave
5.
Rev. Eric A. Schlachter
Inactive-On Leave
6.
Rev. Thomas J. Seifner
Inactive-On Leave
7.
Rev. Timothy A. Tatro
Inactive-On Leave

2003-2004 Jefferson City Directory
Status/Assignment
1.
Rev. Hugh F. Behan
On Leave
2.
Rev. Manus P. Daly
On Leave
3.
Rev. Brian J. Driscoll
On Leave
4.
Rev. Eric A. Schlachter
On Leave
5.
Rev. Timothy A. Tatro
On Leave
6.
Rev. Donald L. Wallace
On Leave

2003-2004 Jefferson City Directory
Status/Assignment
1.
Rev. David G. Buescher
In Residence
St. Joseph Cathedral
2.
Rev. Thomas D. Hereford
On Duty Outside Diocese

Rev. William Keogh
On Duty Outside Diocese


The canonical status of these priests is of particular importance as well.  We assume many priests granted a Leave of Absence needed time to consider a career change or marriage prospects.  We know that some priests were classified as “On Duty Outside of Diocese” because of military service.

Rev. Brendan Doyle
Chaplain
Helias High School
Associate Pastor
Immaculate Conception
Jefferson City

But we have a crisis of character here.  Many
of these clergymen have been implicated the
pedophile priest scandal as perpetrators and/
or accomplices.  Their stories follow below
in as much detail as we have been able
to assemble.


What the diocese has not told anyone is
how many children may have been abused,
by whom and how recently. And diocesan
officials haven’t disclosed the full extent
of the abuse at St. Thomas.


The 2002-2003 Jefferson City directory
indicates that two more clergymen have
been placed “On Leave” following complaints
about suspect behavior yet to be identified:

the Rev. Eric A. Schlachter, who transferred
from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was
enrolled at Kenrick Seminary with Michael
Wegs, David Cox, and James McNally; and
the Rev. Timothy M. Tatro, a former Christian
Brother and the protégé of Msgr. Gregory L.
Higley, vicar general.


Rev. William D. Debo
Tatro left his first parish assignment at
St. Joseph, Salisbury, within a week of
his appointment.  He was brought in to
replace the Rev. William D. Debo, who
was removed in the wake of a scandal
that has yet to be disclosed.


In late August/early September, 2003,
Father Debo was confronted with a set
of unsavory circumstances that led to
his transfer to St. George Church,
Hermann, Mo., from St. Joseph Church
in Salisbury.


The Debo matter created chaos and fear among the Salisbury parishioners.  The Hermann congregation was left in the dark.

In 2004, a number of well-placed St. Joseph parishioners confirmed the details of the situation:  David S., who is a certified public accountant by profession and church organist by avocation; and Rose M., a parish employee.  Both church members also offered a referral source:  a well-respected community and parish leader, who is a large-scale farmer in Chariton County.  Former Missouri state representative, Therese A. Sander (R-Moberly), is privy to this information, as well.

In addition, a representative of the Mid-Missouri chapter of Voice of the Faithful offered this assessment in June 2004:

Last year, our group heard about the troubles in Salisbury, as some of their members contacted [us]  .  .  .  .  We talked about inviting them to a meeting to talk about their concerns, but there wasn’t much follow-up [from the Salisbury parishioners].”

Unfortunately, those knowledgeable about the circumstances of this case continue to demur.   Debo’s career seems to have survived this eclipse despite the havoc his actions inflicted on the Salisbury church.

But the time has come for more voices like these to be heard.


Pedophile Portraiture: The St. Thomas yearbook is a catalogue of data referencing
predatory priests employed by the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo. The 1965 annual
(right)
indicates that 25 percent of the ordained faculty are serial predators (Bishop
Anthony J.
O’Connell and the Rev. John Whiteley). Ten years later, the 1975 record
(center) includes
images of three predators among the seven ordained faculty
members, or 42.8 percent
(O’Connell, the Rev. Manus P. Daly, and the Rev. David G.
Buescher). The 1983 book (left)
again points out that 42.8 percent of the ordained
faculty are, in fact, sexual predators
(O'Connell, Daly, and the Rev. James P.
McNally). Source: The Anchor, 1965, p. 7; 1975,
p. 6; and 1983, p. 6.
 

Since O’Connell was identified as a pedophile priest, we’ve learned the names of a dozen other predatory priests in addition to John H. Fischer, John J. Schutty, Frank Westhoff, John F. Degnan (Deceased, 9 September 2010), and John B. DeAngelis (DeAngelis and Schutty assigned St. Cecilia, Meta).  Sadly boys I grew up with have been implicated as a predators as well: St. Thomas graduates like McNally (1972), the Rev. Gary Pool (1973), and the Rev. Kevin P. Clohessy.

Compiling these data has led to the discovery of other criminal activity such as the cloak-and-dagger caper to spirit the Rev. James J. Mohan out of the United States and back to Ireland.  We’re also concerned about the death of a Jefferson City teenager who died in a parked car from carbon monoxide poisoning in 1970.

Rev. Joseph W. Starmann:
Bishop Gaydos attempted
“to implicate me in
O’Connell’s misdeeds”
prior to his testimony
in the Missouri Senate
to extend the statute of
limitations for childhood
sexual molestation.”



Recently, I received communication from
a priest in your diocese to disclose an interesting fact about your activities that supports my conclusion as to your behavior and actions:


“Several years ago I was invited to
testify before the subcommittee of
the Missouri State Senate in Jefferson
City in support of a bill to extend the
statute of limitations for civil cases
concerned with child molestation. 

Not long afterward, I received a
letter from Msgr. Higley advising
me that my retirement benefit had
been miscalculated and was being
reduced by a substantial amount. 

Coincidence?

“When Bishop Gaydos suddenly appeared
at my front door in late Lent 1999 and
told me I had to retire immediately because I was too ill to continue,’ he jovially suggested I should mosey on down to Florida and take a prolonged vacation with my old friend, Tony O’Connell.’

I told him I had never been close to O’Connell and wanted no part of him or Florida.  At that time he already knew that O’Connell was an admitted molester and I chalked his jovial advice up to a cheap attempt to implicate me in O’Connell’s misdeeds.

“If Bishop Gaydos is finally sincere about wanting to do something to heal all the damage done by the Abuse Scandal, he might begin by apologizing for his role in exacerbating the O’Connell mess.  Here’s what the Bishop Accountability website has to say about that:


Rev. Joseph W. Starmann (second row, far right) was a participant
in the 1981 St. Thomas graduation ceremonies.  At the time,
members of his parish were enrolled at the seminary boarding
school. Others at the event include the future Rev. Thomas Siefner
(first row, far left) as a sophomore; the Rev. James McNally (third
row, far right); and flanking Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe (fourth
row, left to right) are the Rev. David Cox, the Rev. Mr. Gary Pool,
and the Rev. Manus Daly.  Three of the nine clergymen in this
photograph, or 33 percent, have been dismissed as a result of the
pedophile priest scandal.  Factor in in the photographer, Bishop
Anthony J. O
Connell, and the dismisal rate is 44 percent.  Cox
and McAuliffe, as accomplices in the scandal, implicates 66 percent
of the ordained participants.  Source: 
The Anchor, 1981, p. 66.   


“He was one of the bishops who remained silent in 1999 as Anthony O’Connell was promoted from bishop of the Knoxville, Tenn., Diocese to a the much larger one in Palm Beach, Fla.  The Diocese of Jefferson City had paid a $125,000 out-of-court settlement in 1996 to a seminarian whom Bishop O’Connell abused during the 1970s.  Bishop Gaydos also let the Rev. Manus P. Daly stay on duty until this spring, even though the diocese was told in 1996 that he had also abused Bishop O’Connell’s victim.


A Stark Portrait:  The 1972-1973 term at St. Thomas Aquinas Preparatory Seminary
is no different than other years as far as the number of predators among the
ordained faculty. 
These pages illustrate the story: 42.8  percent (Bishop Anthony J.
O’Connell, the Rev. Manus P. Daly, and the Rev. David G. Buescher). 
Source: The
Anchor, 1973
, pp. 6-7.



“Bishop O’Connell — who took over in Florida for another admitted molester, Bishop J. Keith Symons — has resigned.  The Jefferson City Diocese’s failure to speak up about Bishop O’Connell was “a travesty,” said Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Bishop Gaydos recently closed the Missouri seminary where Bishop O’Connell and Father Daly abused the student.  He also suspended another priest, the Rev. Don Wallace, whom he’d kept on the job since four altar boys complained in 1997 about inappropriate touching.  Bishop Gaydos serves on the abuse committee of the bishops’ conference.”

And so, we have developed the database that follows (partial and inconclusive as it may be), based on available public information.

Assignments and Canonical Status 
When Joe Paterno and three top administrators at Pennsylvania
State University were implicated the pedophile crimes that have scandalized the country, they were fired for covering up the sexual molestation of children.  Prosecution for these crimes is on-going with perjury charges pending against the former Penn State University president, Graham B. Spanier; the athletic director, Tim M. Curley; and the vice president for
finance and business
Gary Schultz.

Jerry Sandusky, the defensive coordinator and assistant football coach
(32 years) and whom Paterno protected, now awaits trial.



Legendary Penn State head football coash Joe Paterno (left) was fired
when child molestation allegations regarding his long-time defensive
coordinator, Jerry Sandusky (right), were made public.  In addition
the university
s  board of trustees also fired the schools president,
Graham B. Spanier (third, left) and athletic director Tim Curley
(second, left).  Spanier and Curley have been charged with perjuy
in their grand jury testimony.


The prosecution’s case is appalling.  Sandusky is charged with the sexual assault of 10 boys over a period of 15 years (1996-2011), including 52 counts of child molestation: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors (forcible rape, oral sex).  Curley and Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse.

Tim Dolan responded to these crimes against children with a quip: 
“We know how they feel,” he said, referring the travails of the Penn
State staff.  He offered no comfort to the children victimized by the Sandusky and the university administration.

Perhaps the Church should return the $1 million that the Joe Paterno donated for the construction of the new student center and chapel at
Penn State.  As major benefactors of $6 million project, the complex will be named the
Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Faith Center


The Official Catholic Directory
data tends to contradict diocesan
records and vice versa, especially
in cases of renagade clergymen. 
This misinformation often can be
attributed to the orginal source of
the stastistics: the local bishop.

Employment History: Statistical Errors, Questions without Answers
The Official Catholic Directory (OCD) is
an annual census the Roman Catholic
Church in the United States:  employment
statistics, personnel/job histories, and
related material.  Each
volume annotates
the individual assignments of clergy and
religious, allowing the investigative sort
to track the career path of an individual employee.


We have learned through our research
that priests in trouble with the law are
often misidentified or reclassified in this
official church record.  We have noticed,
too, that priests on the lam tend to have
no mailing address published alongside
their names or just a post office box in
care of the Chancery Office.  This is
particularly  true in the case of priests
implicated in child sex crimes.


We have questions about OCD job classifications.  What does the “On Duty Outside the Diocese (ODOD)” actually mean?  For example, the OCD classified the Rev. Luigi Palmieri as ODOD in Trenton, N.J., when he was actually working in the Allentown, Pa., diocese.

And just how are “On Leave of Absence (LOA),” “On Leave,” and “Inactive” defined and determined?  Can someone be on leave for nearly 10 years as in the case of Father Behan and Father Schlacter?

Louis C. DeFeo Jr., general
counsel for the Diocese of
Jefferson City, is a key player
in shielding ordained sexual
predators from the civial
authorities.
“Sick Leave” is another puzzler.  For example, Father DeAngelis
(1971-1984) and the Rev. Robert G.
Scobee (1970-1972), where residents
of the Servants of the Paraclete’s
Via Coeli treatment facility in
Jemez Springs, N.M.  That’s a long
time for treatment and recovery.


And, then, we must consider the
status of “Special Assignment” and
all that that classification can cover. 

Father Behan was so-classified Special
Assignment for six years, 1983-1989,
according to the OCD.  The Rev.
David G. Buescher was on “Special
Assignment” for three years,
1985-1988.


Jefferson City Personnel History
We’ve enlisted The Official Catholic Directory and other sources
to develop
a partial list of priests who have received special consideration and benefits during their affiliation with the Diocese of Jefferson.  The research spans only the 26-year tenure of Anthony J. O’Connell (1963-1989), because he was the primary decision-maker of the so-called Priest Personnel Board for nearly 17 years (1972-1989).


Twenty years after O’Connell arrived at St. Thomas the percentage of predatory
faculty remained virtually unchanged.  Adjunct faculty, such as the Rev. John H.
Fischer and the Rev. Gary Pool, increased the presence of perpetrators on campus. 
In 1984, the faculty pages of the yearbook indicate, again, that 42.8 percent of
the ordained faculty are predators (O’Connell, Daly, and the Rev. James P. McNally). 
But the presence of the Rev. David Cox, who is an accomplice in this scandal,
implicates 57 percent of the ordained faculty in the sexual molestation of students
at the Hannibal high school seminary.
Source: The Anchor, 1984, pp. 6-7.


Consequently, we are requesting Bishop John R. Gaydos to disclose the rational for each leave of absence, sick leave, special assignment, and the fact that some clergymen just disappeared from the pages
of the 56-year history of the Diocese of Jefferson City.  We would like to know the circumstances of these matters; particularly the assignments outside the jurisdiction of the diocese; the assignment and date discrepancies published in the OCD; the current addresses of clergyman so classified; and confirmation of continuing salaries and benefits for those implicated in the molestation of children and vulnerable adults.


The canonical status of these priests is of particular importance as
well. 
We assume many priests were granted a Leave of Absence to consider personal and professional needs.  We know that some priests were classified as “On Duty Outside of Diocese” because of military service.  But given the severity of the pedophile priest crisis and the subversion of justice by the American bishops, the time is upon us to clarify who was or is doing what and when and why.


Rev.William Keogh
Ordination Portrait
Kenrick News Currents
May 1978
Leave of Absence and Sick Leave
We would like to know the criteria for
a priest to be classified for a “Leave
of Absence” or “Sick Leave,” especially
in those cases that are now at least
10 years old:  the Rev. Hugh F. Behan,
the Rev. Eric A. Schlacter, the Rev.
Timothy M. Tatro, the Rev. William

Keogh, and the Rev. Thomas J. Seifner.

Rev. Norman J. Ahrens: 
Deceased, 15 May 1990.  Sick Leave,
1976; Pastor,
Immaculate Conception,
Jefferson City, 1976; Pastor, St. Peter,
Jefferson City, 1969. 
Ahrens, who was
the Assistant Pastor at St. Peter for
17 years, succeeded Msgr. Joseph A.
Vogelweid, who retired 1969, as the
parish’s 10th Pastor. The Rev. Gerry
Kaimann was appointed as the parish’s
first deacon in 1969.


Rev. Hugh Behan: Inactive/On Leave since 2002.  Remains on Diocesan payroll as of 2010. Associate Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Hannibal (1964-1966); Chaplain, St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City (1967-1969); Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Folk (1970-1975); Pastor, Holy Family, Freeburg (1976-1982); Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City (1981-1982); Special Assignment (1983-1989); Editor, Catholic Missourian (1976-1999).  At the time of Behan’s dismissal, he was being investigated by the Osage County Sheriff’s Department about a 1983 sexual case involving a 10-year-old girl, according to Sheriff Carl Fowler of Linn, Mo.  A second case involving
an 18-year-old female in 1999 also was made public.


Rev. David G. Buescher
St. Thomas Faculty Member
1972-1976

Rev. David G. Buescher:  No Listing,
1980-1981; Special Assignment,
1985-1988; Spiritual Director and
Faculty Member (religion, music,
speech, liturgy), St. Thomas Aquinas
Seminary, Hannibal, 1971-1976;
Pastor, St. Martin, St. Martin’s,
1983-1984; Director of the Diocesan
Office for the Spiritual Renewal of
the Laity; a stint of several years in
The Netherlands, where he served as
a chaplain for an English-speaking
congregation at The Hague (1998-2001);
Priest-in-residence, St. Joseph Cathedral,
Jefferson City (c. 2002-2006); and other
assignments — dates unknown — include:
Pastor, St. Anthony Church, Camdenton (mission parishes at Hermitage and Climax Springs); Chaplain, Lincoln University Newman Center. He currently resides in Jefferson City, in a house owned
by the diocese.


Rev. Edmund Byrne:  Sick Leave, 1967; No information after 1976.

Rev. Robert Chenoweth:  Deceased, 4 April 2003, due to complications from HIV/AIDS.  Leave of Absence, c. 1994; On Duty Outside Diocese, 1987-1989; pastor Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Cedron, Mo., 1966; St. Joseph’s Parish, Pilot Grove, 1968-1971 (also pastor, St. Martins, Chouteau Springs, and St. John’s, Clear Creek).

Rev. Kevin P. Clohessy:  Leave of Absence 2000-2002.  Leave of Absence, St. John Vianney/RECON Treatment Facility, Dittmer, Mo., 1993-1995; Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Church, Taos, 1995-2000; Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, 1985-1989; Chaplain, Helias High School, Jefferson City, 1986-1989;  STAS Graduation Class of 1978.

Rev. Christopher Concannon:  Sick Leave, 1966-1976. No information
after 1976.


Rev. Brian Driscoll
Bishop Gaydos granted
the former Vocation
Director a Leave of
Absence 2004-2008,
even though he married
shortly before leaving
his job.

Fr. Brian Driscoll:  Leave of Absence,
2004-2008.  Driscoll resigned and
married in 2004, but appears to
have remained on the church payroll
despite the fact.  He is the sixth
priest, and former vocation director,
to be struck from the employee
roster since the O’Connell scandal
was disclosed.  Driscoll was an
operative in a bungled attempt by
Gaydos to pay hush money to an
O’Connell victim. 


We would like to know more about
the circumstances of the bag man
assigned to silence O’Connell
victims with hush money.


Rev. John F. Degnan:  Born: 1925; Deceased, 9 September 2010.  In 2005, reported to be living at St. John Vianney (RECON) treatment center in Dittmer.  “Retired,” 2001, aged 75.  Confirmed as of 11 February 2005: the then 80-year-old priest had sexually assaulted at least 17 boys, dating to the 1960’s.  Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Westphalia, 1961-1962 and 1971-1974; Immaculate Conception Church, Montgomery City, 1982-1987.  Additional assignments: Pilot Grove, Boonville, Linn, Gravois Mills, Versailles, St. Elizabeth, Dixon, and Chouteau Springs.

Rev. Stephen L. Faletti:  Sick Leave, 1986.  Associate Pastor, St. Patrick, Rolla, and Director, Newman Center, Rolla, 1983-1985; Pastor, St. Francis, Bourbon, 1987-1988; Pastor, St. Michael, Steelville, 1988-1989; Pastor, Holy Cross, Cuba 1987-1989.

Rev. Salvatore Fagiolo:  Leave of Absence, 1969.

Rev. Patrick Hoffman
Rev. Patrick Hoffman:  Deceased, 27 October
1990; Ordained: 1967;
ODOD, c/o Chancery,
Jefferson City (date unknown); associate
pastor, St. Brendan, Mexico (unknown).  Last assignment:  St. Joseph, Canton
(1984-1990).


Rev. Ronald Jewell:  Leave of Absence,
1982-1985.  Ordained, 1976,
St. Brendan,
Mexico (home  parish).


Rev. Robert Keating: Leave of Absence,
1981-1985.  Deacon, St. Pius X, Moberly, 1967.


Rev. Donald Kemper:  Leave of Absence, 1982;  On Special
Assignment, 1983.


Rev. William Keogh:  ODOD, 2003; Leave of Absence since 2004. 
Ordained, 1983.  Peru assignment.

Rev. Ronald Jewell:  STAS Class of 1968;
Ordained 1976.

Rev. Mel Lahr:  Sick Leave, 1989; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart, Columbia, 1973; Associate Pastor, St. Peter and Paul, Boonville, and Chaplain, Boonville Training School for Boys, 1974-1975;  Associate Pastor, Hannibal Catholic, 1976-1978; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph, Canton, 1977;  Associate Pastor, St. Francis, Bourbon, 1979-1982;  Pastor, St. Martin, St. Martins, 1983-1988.  Last known assignment:  Pastor, St. Joseph, Salisbury, with questionable circumstances regarding his departure from the parish and a settlement paid to a parishioner.

Rev. Robert Keating
Deacon 1967
St. Pius X, Moberly

Rev. Vincent Linnebur:  Deceased, 27 November
2007.  Awaiting Assignment, 1975; Leave of
Absence, 1988.  Ordained 1960.  Graduate,
Pontifical College Josephinum, 1960.  Assignment
History:  Faculty (Dean of Students), St. Thomas
Seminary, 1960-1963; Peru Missions, Nazca and
San Juan, 1963-1975; Pastor, St. William, Perry;
and St. Francis Cabrini, Paris, 1975-1978; Pastor,
Sacred Heart, Columbia, 1978-1984; M.S.W.,
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984-1987;
Counselor, Positive Motivation and Charter
Hospital, 1987-1994; State Director, State of
Missouri-Moniteau County Counseling Center,
California, 1994-2000.

Rev. John Long:  Leave of Absence, 1982. Retired, 2000 (“Foreign
Born Irish” or “FBI”
as defined by clerical factionalism in the diocese).  Residence:  Bishopstown, County Cork, Ireland and a home in Greenville, N.C.  Known assignments: St. Brendan, Mexico (dates unknown); Circumstances regarding transfer from Helias High School to St. Pius X, Moberly; Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbia, Mo. 
Long was a McAuliffe insider to such a degree that he was able to displace the Rev. J. James Offut as pastor of Our Lady of Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, a plum assignment.

Rev. Vincent Linnebur (left) with the
Rev. Fred Elskamp.  Linnebur was Dean
of Students 1960-1963; Elskamp, his
successor, 1969-1970.


Msgr. Marion Makarewicz:  Leave of Absence, c. 2003, shortly after the O’Connell resignation. No reason stated.  Rector, St. Thomas Seminary, 2002.  Ordained, 1987.  STAS Graduation Class of 1979.

Rev. Patrick McMyler:  Deceased, 23 April 1985.  Sick Leave: 1985.

Rev. James P. McNally:  Leave of Absence, 1996, apparently for treatment at the Southdown Institute, Toronto, Canada.  Dean of students, St. Thomas Seminary, 1986-1996.  STAS Graduation Class of 1972.  Apparently Still on payroll.  Hereford was a crony of McNally.  They shared an interest in computer technology.

Rev. James P. McNally: Ordained, 1980;
STAS Dean of Students, 1986-1996;
STAS Class of 1972.

Rev. Thomas Powell:  Sick Leave, 1987.  Ordained, 1982.  STAS Class of 1975.

Rev. Raymond Rau:  Deceased, 21 April 1978; Ordained, 1938;
Leave of Absence, 1972-1973.  Assistant Pastor, St. Henry, Charleston, Mo. (1948).


Rev. Peter Russell:  Leave of Absence, 1986-1988.

Rev. Thomas Powell:  Ordained 1982; STAS Class of 1975 (center);
STAS Freshman 1972 (right).


Rev. Eric A. Schlachter:  Sick Leave, 1987; Leave of Absence since 1987;  The diocesan directory has classified Schlachter as Inactive/On Leave 2003-2010.  No information after 2010.  Ordained: 6-13-81.  He was an Assistant Pastor for some time at Sts. Peter and Paul, Boonville.

Rev. Timothy M. Tatro:  Leave of Absence since 2003 and, apparently, still in active service with full benefits and salary; Associate Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, c. 2000-2002; Pastor, St. Joseph, Salisbury, 2002 (a 5-Day Appointment,
late August/early summer).

Rev. James Wieberg
Ordained 1973

Tatro was a protégé, of Msgr. Gregory L.
Higley.  The pair shared the rectory at
Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City,
where Higley was pastor.  Higley also
engineered Tatro’s ordination.  Tatro
had been a Christian Brother, teaching
at Helias High School for a number
of years.

Higley also was influential in Tatro’s
assignment to Salisbury, a short-lived
job that lasted five days.  The local
parish was enraged by the actions,
still unspecified publically.  Gaydos
sent Sister Ethel Marie Biri, SSND,
to Salisbury to quell the uproar.  Biri told parishioners that
Tatro
would be reassigned because he preferred an urban parish to a rural one. Higley was named Vicar General of the Diocese during the same week that Tatro was removed from Salisbury.

Rev. Daniel S. Tarleton:  Leave of Absence, 1969.

Rev. Clarence Wiederholt
Assistant Pastor, 1956
St. Pius X, Moberly

Rev. James Wieberg:  Leave of Absence, 1984;
Leave of Absence, 1985; associate pastor,
St. Brendan, Mexico (dates unknown). 
Ordained: 1973.  STAS Class of 1965.

Rev. Clarence E. Wiederholt:  Sick Leave,
1986-1989; St. Pius X, Moberly (1956);
Retired 2010.

Rev. Robert Wiesmann:  Sick Leave, 1967: No information after 1976; Leave of Absence, 1982; Special Assignment: 1983.

Rev. Norman Wilkinson:  Sick Leave, 1966;
Associate Pastor, St. Pius X, Moberly,
1963-1964.  No information after 1977.


Rev. Norman Wilkinson
Assistant Pastor
1963-1964
St. Pius X, Moberly

On Duty Outside Diocese (ODOD)
Rev. Patrick Audley:  On Duty Outside Diocese;
Address c/o Chancery, Jefferson City, 1986-1988.  Associate Pastor, St. Pius X, Moberly (c. 1964).


Rev. John Butler:  On Duty Outside Diocese,
1975-1989; Address: c/o Chancery, Honolulu,
Ha.; No ODC listing for Honolulu assignment.


Rev. Robert Chenoweth:  Deceased,
4 April 2003, due to complications from
HIV/AIDS.  Leave of Absence circa. 1994;
On Duty Outside Diocese, 1987-1989;
Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary Catholic Church,  Cedron, Mo., 1966;
St. Joseph’s Parish, Pilot Grove, 1968-1971
(also pastor, St. Martins,
Chouteau Springs,
and St. John’s, Clear Creek).



Rev. Gregory L. Higley:  No Assignment Listing, 1986; Vicar General; Secretary-Treasurer, Priests Mutual Benefit Society (retirement services); Moderator, Curia-Marriage Tribunal; Pastor, St. Brendan, Mexico, 1998-2002; Pastor, St. Andrew, Holts Summit, 2012.

Msgr. Gregory L Higley: 1972, 1982, 2012:  The OCD offered no
assignment status for the Vicar General in 1986.


Rev. Nicholas Long:  Awaiting Assignment, 1975-1980.

Msgr. Joseph J. Morrell:  Deceased, 29 January 1989.  On Duty Outside Diocese, 1976-1989.

Rev. Donald E. Sciliano:  ODOD, 2006, 2007; Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Ewing, 2004; Pastor, St. Anthony, Rosati, 2005.

Rev. Patrick Audley
Associate Pastor
St. Pius X,  1964
Moberly, Mo.

Fr. James M. “Jamie” Smith:  Resigned, 2006. 
No reason stated.  We would like to know the
circumstances of the departure of the Rev. Jamie
Smith from St. Peter, in Jefferson City.  On

Sunday 30 April 2006,  Smith announced in the
St. Peter’s bulletin under the “Associate Pastor’s

Pen” heading, that he would stage a holy hour
on Sunday May 7 to pray for the priests of the
diocese, who, he says, need support now
especially due to the culture of the times
and the media.  Smith now works as a program
director for a drug and alcohols rehabilitation
clinic in Columiba, Mo.


Rev. Kenneth B. Steinhauser:  ODOD 2010; Pastor,
St. Francis-Bourbon, 2005; Pastor, St. Patrick,
Jonesburg, 2007-2008.


Rev. John J. Vandenbergh:  Deceased, 28 April 1986: ODOD, Salina, Kan., 1975-1986.

Sexual Predators Identified
Rev. Hugh Behan: Inactive/On Leave since 2002.  Appears to remain on the diocesan payroll as of 2010. Associate Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Hannibal (1964-1966); Chaplain, St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City (1967-1969); Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Folk (1970-1975); Pastor, Holy Family, Freeburg (1976-1982); Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City (1981-1982); Special Assignment (1983-1989); Editor, Catholic Missourian (1976-1999).  At the time of Behan’s dismissal, he was being investigated by the Osage County Sheriff’s Department about a 1983 sexual case involving a 10-year-old girl, according to Sheriff Carl Fowler of Linn, Mo.  A second case involving an 18-year-old female in 1999 also was made public.

Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City, has had other pastors implicated in the pedophile priest scandal in addition to Behan:  Rev. James Mohan, 1969, and the Rev. John Degnan, 1983.

Rev. David G. Buescher:  No Listing, 1980-1981; Special Assignment, 1985-1988; Spiritual Director and Faculty religion, music, speech, liturgy),St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Hannibal, 1971-1976; Pastor, St. Martin, St. Martins, 1983-1984; Director of the Diocesan Office for the Spiritual Renewal of the Laity; a stint of several years in The Netherlands, where he served as a chaplain for an English-speaking congregation at The Hague (1998-2001); Priest-in-residence, St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City (c. 2002-2006); and other assignment — dates unknown — include: Pastor, St. Anthony Church, Camdenton (mission parishes at Hermitage and Climax Springs); Chaplain, Lincoln University Newman Center. He currently lives in a diocese-owned house in Jefferson City.

Rev. Kevin P. Clohessy:  Leave of Absence 2000-2002.  Leave of Absence, St. John Vianney/RECON Treatment Facility, Dittmer, Mo., 1993-1995; Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Church, Taos, 1995-2000; Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, 1985-1989; Chaplain, Helias High School, Jefferson City, 1986-1989;  STAS Graduation Class of 1978.

At the time Kevin Clohessy’s case became public he was employed as executive director of the Boone County Red Cross, even though he was still a priest and, apparently, on the Jefferson City payroll.
 

The Rev. Kevin Clohessy (left to right) 2004; St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary school
photographs, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977; and as a deacon as St. Pius X, Moberly, 1985.
Source: The Anchor.


I remember Kevin Clohessy as a sweet-faced kid growing up in Moberly and attending St. Pius X Elementary School.  Kevin Clohessy.  His identification and removal from the priesthood is shocking.  The fact that the Diocese of Jefferson City attempted to bury the scandal
is puzzling. 


Gaydos found him a cushy job as executive director of the Boone County American Red Cross.  He also had a financial interest in McAdams, Ltd., an antiques emporium in Columbia (although he was forced liquidate and return the property to the previous owner: Rebecca Fahrendorf purchased the business from Phillip McAdams).

Rev. Manus Daly, 1972
Rector-St. Thomas
1989-1996
Faculty: 1970-1996

The irony is that Philip McAdams grew up in
my neighborhood.  I remember his mother
selling bric-a-brac out of her garage.  Philip
McAdams was my first photography assignment
when I was journalism student at the University
of Missouri.  Philip McAdams was among the
first casualties of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

To his credit, Kevin, in recent years, has
worked as a fundraiser for Trail to a Cure
in Columbia.

Rev. Manus P. Daly:  Removed in 2002 as Pastor
of St. Bonaventure, Marceline (FBI). Dismissed
as Rector of St. Thomas Seminary, 1989-1996.  Leave of Absence and hospitalized at treatment facility for pedophile priests, 1996.  “Retired,” living in Ireland (most likely in County Donegal).  Current address: c/o Chancery.


Rev. Brendan Doyle:  Leave of Absence, 1 December 2011-14 March 2012, coincides with 10th  Anniversary of his countryman, Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell (both FBI).  Removed from Ministry, 14 March 2012.  Chaplain, Helias High School.  Judicial Vicar, Marriage Tribunal.  Held as role model for the “Discover the Priesthood” promotions for the diocese.  What we would like to know is why
he is not facing criminal charges.

As pastor of St. Martin’s Parish, St. Martin, Doyle expanded facilities to handle its growth.  In 1972, the parish Catholic Youth Organization began a fundraising effort to build a gymnasium and recreation center. The center was named the Doyle Youth Center.  Valued at $120,000, the building was completed at a cost of $18,000. Additional classrooms were added in 1974.

Rev. Stephen L. Faletti:  Sick Leave, 1986.  Associate Pastor,
St. Patrick, Rolla, and Director, Newman Center, Rolla, 1983-1985; Pastor, St. Francis, Bourbon, 1987-1988; Pastor, St. Michael, Steelville, 1988-1989; Pastor, Holy Cross, Cuba 1987-1989.

Rev. John H. Fischer
1980
Rev. John H. Fischer:   “Retired” as a
result of the pedophile priest scandal,
1993.  Adjunct Faculty, St. Thomas,
appointed by O’Connell, c. 1976-1980.  P
astor, St. Peter Church, Jefferson City,
1986-1989; Pastor, St. Patrick Church,
Rolla, 1982-1986; Pastor, Blessed
Sacrament, Hannibal, 1974-1981;
Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Macon,
1972-1973; Associate Pastor, Our Lady
of Lourdes, Columbia, 1970-1971;
Associate Pastor, St. Peter, Jefferson
City, and Chaplain, St. Mary’s Hospital,
1967-1970.

As pastor of St. Peter, Jefferson City,1986-1989, Fischer supervised these associate pastors:  the Rev. Gary Pool (1985-1987); the Rev. Frank Westhoff (LOA, Springfield, Ill.); and the Rev. Robert A. Kurwicki, who was transferred from St. Louis to become personal secretary to Gaydos.

The Rev. John Whiteley served as Fischer’s associate pastor at
St. Patrick, Rolla (1982-1983); and a director of the Newman Center at the University of Missouri-Rolla.

The Rev. Stephen Falleti also served with Fischer at St. Patrick’s and the Newman Center, Rolla (1984-1986).

The so-called Priest Personnel Board comprised 5-6 members, and Fischer was a member 1972-1989, along with Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell throughout these 17 years; and with the Rev. Donald Wallace, who served about 5 years (1975-1980) and John Fischer.  Fischer also was a member of O’Connell’s Vocation Committee, along with the Rev. John Whiteley.

Rev. James P. McNally:  Leave of Absence, 1998, apparently for treatment at the Southdown Institute, Toronto, Canada.  STAS Graduation Class of 1972.  Dean of students, St. Thomas Seminary, 1980-1996; Assistant Vocation Director, 1980-1989; Vocation Director, 1989-1996 (O’Connell’s successor).  Apparently, McNally is still
on payroll.

Rev. Gary Pool offering guitar lessons at St. Thomas Seminary.  Pool
succeeded the Rev. John H. Fischer as an adjunct music instructor. 
Source:  The Anchor, 1983.


Rev. Gary W. Pool:  Removed from ministry c. 1993.  Ordained, 1981.  Associate  Pastor, St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City, 1981; Adjunct Faculty, St. Thomas Seminary, c. 1982-1984; Associate Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, 1982-1984; Associate Pastor, St. Peter, Jefferson City, 1984.  Civil suit in 2003 alleged that Pool molested an 8-year-old boy when he attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Jefferson City,
1979-1984.

Rev. James Mohan:  d. 17 March 1990. Two abuse allegations: Visitation Church, Vienna, Mo., and Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City, Mo.   Chaplain, USAF (1964-1968); pastor, St. Michael, Kahoka (1969); Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City (1970-1973); Visitation, Vienna (1974-1980); Serving in Other Diocese (1981-1984); MIA, Chancery Address (1985); On Duty Outside Diocese (1986-1989).  According to a well-placed, confidential source, who had access to diocesan personnel records, Mohan was assigned to Visitation, Vienna  (1974-1980), following alcoholism treatment at the Guest House.  Within months of his new assignment he disappeared.  Msgr. Gerald Kaiser, who was chancellor and vicar general, “drove to Vienna at midnight, scooped up Mohan and drove him to Lambert Airport in St. Louis, where [he was] put on a plane for London, England, with $15,000 cash in his pockets.” 

The Maries County sheriff’s office had issued a warrant for Mohan’s arrest, charging him with sexual molestation of “a couple of teenage boys.”

Anthony J. O’Connell
Bishop-Knoxville, Tenn.
1989-1999
Bishop-Palm Beach, Fla.
1999-2002
STAS Rector, 1970-1989
STAS Faculty, 1963-1989

Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell:  Deceased
(10 May 1938-4 May 2012).  Ordained,
1963, St. Peter Church, Jefferson City,
Mo.; Faculty,
St. Thomas Seminary,
1963-1989 (Dean of Students, 1964-1968;
Spiritual Director, 1969-1970; Rhetoric,
Chemistry, Physics); Rector, St. Thomas
Seminary, 1970-1989; Vocation Director,
1970-1989; Assistant Vocation Director,
1965-1970; Member, Priest Personnel
Board, 1972-1989; Member, Priest Senate,
1984-1989; Bishop, Knoxville, Tenn.,
1989-1998; Bishop, Palm Beach, Fla.,
1998-2002; In Residence, Mepkin Abbey,
Moncks Corner, S.C., since 2002.

The Rev. J. James Offutt, along with the
Rev. Joseph W. Starmann, is one of several
priests who has supported victims and indicted O’Connell.  Offutt, like Starmann, is a Kenrick Seminary classmate of O’Connell.

“One of the things that just kind of boils me and a few other people is the fact that Bishop McAuliffe, knowing what he did about Tony O’Connell, still promoted him and had him keep on going as a climber in the bishops ranks,” said Offutt, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, Mo., told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2004.

Offutt said he also sat in with Bishop McAuliffe when he confronted another St. Thomas faculty member, the Rev. James P. McNally, about allegations that led to his dismissal, as well.

Rev. John J. Schutty:  Age, 74. Removed from ministry: December 2006.  Former Christian Brother and long-time faculty member at Helias High School, Jefferson City.  Ordained, 1983.  Served in several Mid-Missouri churches, including St. Peters in Jefferson City, Our Lady of the Snows in Mary’s Home, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Anthony, and St. Cecilia, Meta, 1988-2006.

Rev. Thomas Seifner with Bishop Gaydos.  Source: The Voice, 2000.


Rev. Thomas Seifner:  Removed in 2010, but has No Assignment recorded in the 2010 Diocesan Directory.  Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Loose Creek, and St. Louis, Bonnots Mill, 2009-2010. Pastor, Pilot Grove, 2003-2004; also worked at parishes in in Westphalia, Clifton City, Wardsville, Chamois, Palmyra and Mokane  Ordained, 1992.  STAS Graduation Class of 1983.  According to media reports, an avid deer hunter and devout follower of
the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rev. Carmine C. Sita
aka Rev. Gerald Howard
1983
Rev. Carmine C. Sita/Gerald Howard:  In 1983,
Sita/Howard pled guilty to charges of sexually
molesting a teen-age boy and distributing
marijuana and sentenced to five years’
probation. Transferred to Jefferson City
where he received a new identity as the Rev.
Gerald Howard, and was assigned to Sts. Peter
and Paul Parish, Boonville, 1983-1988.  In 2009,
Dr. Mark McAllister received a $600,000
settlement from Jefferson City, Newark,
and Servants of the Paraclete, which operated
a treatment facility for pedophile priests in
Jemez Springs, N.M.

Sita/Howard was transferred to the Jefferson City Diocese from the so-called Via Coeli Center in New Mexico with the knowledge of the religious order, Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe, and the Diocese of Newark, N.J., Howard pled guilty to child molestation charges in New Jersey and was sentenced for hiscrimes against children.

Sita/Howard now is being held on $1.5 million bond in Boonville.  He faces charges on suspicion of three counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of attempted forcible sodomy and two counts of kidnapping. The crimes took place in the mid-1980s when he worked at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

A hearing on is scheduled for  Monday, June 27 in the Cooper County Circuit Court.  The hearing has been postponed several times over the past year. Cooper County Prosecutor Doug Abele said in April after the last hearing date was rescheduled that the sides continue to collect depositions from witnesses across  the country, and Howard’s defense attorney requested the continuance for discovery purposes.

Fr. Sean J. Smythe:  d. 17 August 1990. Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Mary’s Home (1996); St. Peter and Paul, Boonville. At least one allegation: molested 5-year-old girl circa 1959; report presented to Msgr. Gregory Higley in late 1990’s.

Rev. Donald L. Wallace
Pastor 1981-1989
St. Pius X, Moberly, Mo.

Rev. Donald L. Wallace:  “Retired” as
a result of the pedophile priest scandal
in 2002.  Assignment History:
Pastor,
St. Joseph, Salisbury, 2002; Pastor,
St. Joseph, Fayette, 1998-2002; Pastor,
St. Patrick, Rolla, 1994-1998; Pastor,
St. Peter, Marshall, 1989; Pastor,
St. Pius X, Moberly, 1982-1989;
Pastor, Sacred Heart, Rich Fountain,
1980-1981; Pastor, St. Thomas,
St. Thomas, 1976-1979; Pastor,
Sacred Heart, Columbia, 1974-1975;
Post-Graduate Studies, University of
Missouri-Columbia, 1972-1973; Pastor,
St. Peter, Fulton, 1969-1971; Associate
Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, 1968; Pastor, Little Flower Church, Dixon, 1965-1967;
Associate Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, 1964.  Member, Priest Personnel Board comprised, serving with Anthony J. O’Connell and the Rev. John H. Fischer, serving about 5 years.

In October 1997, Wallace was accused of “boundary violations” with boys, aged 11 to 13 years old, when he was pastor of St. Patrick Church in Rolla.  Gaydos did not dismiss Wallace until 2002 in the midst of the St. Thomas Seminary-Anthony J. O’Connell debacle.

Rev. Frank Westhoff
2002
Rev. Frank Westhoff:  b. 1933; d 2006:  Employment history unclear.  Leave of
Absence, Diocese of Springfield, Ill.,
c. 1980.  Westhoff was returned to
active ministry after being placed on
administrative leave while allegations
were investigated.  Also the OCD has
no reference to Westhoff in 1985; but
he is listed as “Absent, On Leave” for
1986, 1987, and 1988.


To cover up his troubled past (ordained, 1961)
including the June 1966 sexual assault of a
14-year-old in the sacristy of St. Patrick Church,
Decatur, Ill., he was transferred from Springfield, Ill., to a boarding school and high school seminary operated by the Crosier Fathers in Onamia, Minn., where he worked in the admissions office (some records indicate the assignment as 1986-1987).  He then was transferred to St. John’s Seminary in Hales Corner, Wisc., where he met Anthony J. O’Connell, who as vocation director and a powerful member of the so-called Priest Personnel Board eased his transfer to the Jefferson City diocese in about 1986.  The first historical documentation of his presence in the diocese the Sts. Peter and Paul parish history which identifies the pedophile as associate pastor 1987-1992 (the OCD dates are1987-1989, the Rev. John H. Fischer as pastor and the Rev. Gary Pool as Associate Pastor).


Rev. Robert G. Scobee
Assistant Pastor 1939
St. Pius X, Moberly, Mo.

O’Connell, Bishop McAuliffe. and Bishop
Gaydos protected Westhoff even though
two more molestation cases were deemed
credible and the survivors continue to
receive medical treatment.  Jefferson
City attorney Louis DeFeo most likely
played a critical role in the Westhoff
case. 
DeFeo not only was chief legal
counsel for the diocese, but also executive
director of the Missouri Catholic Conference.
He and O’Connell, as vocation director and
STAS rector, would have worked closely
together on fundraising, political lobbying,
appointments, and all other aspects of
organizational management.

Paracelete Center Roommates
One thing we have learned from the pedophile priest crisis is that the scandal is not an anomaly.  The scandal is not the result of drugs sex and rock-and-roll.  It is not the result of consumerism, Darwinism or any of the other fabricated excuses thrown out by the powerbrokers of the church or the image-makers they have hired to skew the story.

The evidence that the pedophile priest scandal has a long history embedded  in a clerical culture of abuse can be found in the Church’s own resource material.  The Official Catholic Directory, itself, lists the address of two Jefferson City priests as that of Via Coeli, Jemez Springs, N.M., which was the infamous treatment center operated by the Servants of the Paraclete.

Bishop Gaydos promoted the Rev. Thomas Seifner
as a role model as this fawing profile illustrates. 
Source: The Voice, Fall 2000, p. 9.

We have included their assignment history here.  But even more telling is the blurred photograph of the Rev. Robert G. Scobee,
who was an assistant at St. Pius X, Moberly, in 1939 (an indicator of age and extent of the pedophile priest scandal that continues to unfold today).


Rev. John B. DeAngelis:  Deceased, 13 February 1989. Assignments: 1955 with the Diocese of Kansas City, Mo. Jefferson City: Sick Leave, 1960; Holy Cross Church, Cuba, 1965; St. Cecilia Church, Meta, 1968. Leave of Absence, Paraclete Center, Via Coeli, Jemez Springs, N.M., either 1973-1983 or 1971-1984 (his “residency” coincided with that of the Rev. Robert G. Scobee); Retired St. Joseph Home for the Aged, Jefferson City, 1985-1989 or 1987-1989.

Rev. Robert G. Scobee:  Deceased, 30 April 1979.  Ordained, 1937; Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church  (now St. Pius X), Moberly, 1933; Leave of Absence, Paraclete Center, Via Coeli, Jemez Springs, N.M., 1970-1972 (his “residency” coincided with that of the Rev. John B. DeAngelis); St. Joseph, Westphalia (1973-1974); No Listing (1975); Retired, Hannibal (1976-1979).

Mystery Cases
Rev. Lou Dorn
Source: The Anchor,
1981, p. 7.

Rev. Lou E. Dorn:  An allegation against Dorn was dismissed when the victim recanted.  But we believe the Dorn case needs to be re-visited, based on information we have received.

Rev. Thomas D. Hereford:  Leave of Absence,
1993-1994 and 2003-2004, but at the same
time also listed as ODOD 1999-2004, 1996-1997
with no assignment history and a forwarding
address in Parkville, Mo.  No Assignment
History, 1999-2003; ODOD: Resurfaced in 2009
with a tenuous affiliation with the Karen House/
Catholic Worker Community, St. Louis.  Ordained,
1986.  Associate Pastor, Holy Family, Hannibal, 1986-1987; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Cathedral, 1988; Associate Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, and Chaplain, Helias High School, 1989; Associate Pastor, St. Patrick and Newman Center, Rolla, 1992; Chaplain, Missouri Intermediate Reformatory-Algoa, Jefferson City, 1991-1993.


Hereford was a crony of McNally.  They shared an interest in computer technology.

Thomas D. Hereford

Unspecified issues led to his transfer to the
Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn., with Anthony J.
O’Connell as bishop and benefactor.  Hereford
was assigned to only two Knoxville parishes:
Associate Pastor, St. Augustine, Signal Mountain,
Tenn., 1995; Associate Pastor, St. Jude,
Chattanooga, Tenn., 1995; On Duty Outside
Diocese, 6305 N.W. Hogan, Parkville, Mo.
(1996-1997); and again from 1999 to 2004,
no published address.  Hereford resurfaced
in St. Louis following a Leave of Absence (2003)
per the diocesan directory.  Current
residence seems to be in New Haven, Mo.


Hereford built a reputation as the “Youth” priest in the diocese.  He served with Rev. Edwin Schmidt at Hannibal Catholic (1986-1987).  Schmidt was a member of O’Connell’s Priest Personnel Board.

In 1988, Hereford was transferred to St. Joseph Cathedral to serve with the pastor, Rev. Patrick J. Shortt (FBI).

In 1989, Hereford was transferred to Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City, to serve with the Rev. Michael Flanagan (FBI),
and the Rev. Kevin Clohessy; and was a spiritual director at Helias High School.


Rev. Luigi Palmieri
STAS Faculty
1967-1970

Rev. Luigi Palmieri:  On Duty Outside Diocese,
1975-1989, working in Trenton, New Jersey:
St. Cecelia, Rockaway Beach, NJ, 1981;
POB 5309, Trenton, N.J., 1982.  But according
to newspaper accounts, in 1985 Palmieri was
working in the diocese of Allentown, Pa.  In
1985, Palmieri, at the age of 52, was named
Assistant Pastor, Church of the Holy Rosary,
Reading, having transferred as Assistant
Pastor, St. Margaret, Morristown, N.J.,
June 1981-September 1985. 
We would like
to know why the Rev. Palmieri was able to
transfer to three different dioceses in the
course of his career:  Jefferson City, Trenton,
and Allentown, Pa.  The Rev. Palmieri was ordained in 1967 in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary, Hannibal. He taught algebra at St. Thomas until 1970.


In 1992, Rev. Palmieri celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Easton, Pa., where he was Assistant Pastor (1988-2008). In June 2008, the diocese restructured and closed parishes, and Palmieri was demoted from Assistant Pastor to Senior Priest.  Palmieri was born in Italy; he began his schooling in the town of Torrice.

Rev. Luigi Palmieri was ordained in 1968 in the chapel of
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Hannibal, Mo.  Source:  The
Anchor, 1968, p. 41.


Curiously, Palmieri’s name is linked to a 2002 clergy abuse scandal in the Allentown diocese.  Palmieri shared the rectory of St. Paul’s Church, Allentown, with the Rev. Michael S. Lawrence, who has been identified as a child predator.  Palmieri lived with Lawrence for seven years, apparently in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, actual dates unknown.

Escape on a Technicality
In 1988, the Rev. Richard C.Colbert was dismissed from Boys Town, Omaha, Neb. (multiple allegations of pedophile priest victimization are embedded in Boys Town history).  Boys Town administrators rationalized that it was easier to get rid of a priest alleged to have engaged in “inappropriate behavior” with youngsters living at the iconic child welfare facility.

Colbert was assigned to Boys Town from 1985 to 1988.  Before that, he served at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City.

The September 2005 lawsuitclaims Colbert developed “unhealthy, psychologically dependent relationships” with male students “to recruit them for sex.”  The suit also names Boys Town as a defendant, claiming the organization knew or should have known what Colbert was doing and should have better supervised him.  The lawsuit claims that Colbert also molested other unnamed students.

Rev. Richard C. Colbert (seventh from the left) returned in 2010
Linton, ND, Diocese of Bismarck, for the centennial celebration of
St. Anthony Church.  Colbert was Associate Pastor, 1969-1971. 
Bishop Paul A. Zipfel also participated in the event.  One may
surmise that Coblert’s 1988 dismissal from Father Flanagan’s
Boys Town has faded from memory
.
 


In March 2006, two judges dismissed two other cases against Boys Town, citing the state’s statute of limitations.  A Nebraska judge dismissed the case against Colbert because the victim’s attorney withdrew from the case when the plaintiff learned that any settlement would be earmarked for bankruptcy disbursement.

Colbert, a member of Society of the Precious Blood, has acknowledged that the relationship was inappropriate but not sexual.  Former administrators and an attorney for Boys Town said the Rev. Val Peter, executive director then and now, handled the investigation personally and swiftly.  The administrators have said the investigation did not follow Boys Town procedures and was not reported to police or the state.  The Rev. Mark Miller, former provincial director of the Society of the Precious Blood, said Boys Town, the order and Colbert agreed that the priest should leave.

The Jefferson City diocese said Colbert had served from 1977-1979 in Sedalia, from 1988-1992 in Pilot Grove and from 1993-1995 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City before being assigned to a Fayette parish in 1995 and Warsaw in 1999.

Since 2000 he has been pastor at St. Ann’s in Warsaw, a resort town of 2,000 people on the shores of Truman Lake, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City.  He is also a pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in nearby Cole Camp. He previously served parishes in Fayette, Russellville and Pilot Grove.

Bishop McAuliffe first allowed Colbert to transfer to the Jefferson City diocese to work Sacred Heart Church, Sedalia (1977-1979).  McAuliffe then allowed Colbert back into the diocese after the Boys Town scandal.  Colbert’s assignment history includes:  St. Joseph, Pilot Grove, 1988-1992; St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City, 1993-1995; St. Joseph Church, Fayette, records that Colbert arrived in July 1996, departure unknown; and since c. 1999-2004 or c. 2000-2004, depending on sources, St. Anne Church, Warsaw, Mo.  He was Associate Pastor, St. Anthony in Linton, N.D., 1969-71, in the Diocese of Bismarck.  Colbert also worked at the Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood Minor Seminary in Liberty, Mo., (established, 1963; closed, 1983); and performed church-related work in Collegeville, Minn.

At least 12 former Boys Town employees, including several former administrators, recalled Colbert’s sudden departure and the hush that surrounded it. None knew all the details. Except for Halley and former religion department Chairman Mike Carotta, the former employees spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A former religion teacher said Carotta called the religion department together and told the teachers: “Father Colbert will no longer be teaching here. And your continued employment will depend on how professionally you handle this.”

Carotta, who taught for four years at Boys Town and now lives in Louisville, Ky., recalled Colbert's sudden departure but not the conversation. He said the discussion probably took place in a context of whether it was appropriate to discuss personnel matters in class.

Colbert and the Rev. Mark Miller, former provincial director of the Society of the Precious Blood, said Boys Town, the order and Colbert agreed that the priest should leave.  Colbert said he received a letter from Boys Town that “explicitly stated there was no sexual abuse.” He turned the letter over to his provincial director and does not have a copy, he said. Miller said the order would not release the letter.

A few years after Colbert left Boys Town, the youth told his local priest that Colbert sexually abused him. The priest contacted the Precious Blood order. Colbert said the youth withdrew his accusation during the order’s investigation.

Miller confirmed that an investigation of Colbert started as a sexual abuse case. “The final conclusion is not sexual misconduct,” he said, declining to say more. Miller said that after sex abuse allegations against priests surfaced across the nation, officials last year reviewed the Colbert case and again decided that the incident did not merit further attention.


The 2003-2004 Jefferson City Diocesan Directory (right) and 2010
Jefferson City Diocesan Directory indicate members of the clergy who
have been granted a “Leave of Absence” or classified as“Inactive.”


Jefferson City Data and Statistics
As of 2004, the Jefferson City Diocese reported 69 direct sexual abuse allegations against 27 priests since 1956, according to a survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The 27 priests, whose names were withheld, represented 6 percent of the priests who served in the diocese, Gaydos said.   As of September 2004, the diocese paid $591,000 in settlements and assistance to victims.

In 2012, these statistics have changed considerably.  The diocese was a party to a $600,000 settlement in 2009, related to child molestation charges (some as old as 1976) against the Rev. Carmine Sita of Newark, N.J., (known as the Rev. Gerald Howard in Jefferson City).  The diocese was assessed $225,000 of the total, of which $150,000 was covered by insurance and $75,000 came from a church coffers.

The dismissal of the Rev. Thomas Seifner in 2010 followed the Sita/Howard scandal.  The dismissal of the Rev. Brendan Doyle in March 2012 currently is the topic of discussion within the diocese.

Trying to keep abreast of these issues, we have developed a partial list of priests who received leaves of absence, sick leaves, or disappeared from the pages of the 54-year history of the Diocese of Jefferson City. We would like to know the circumstances of these matters; the rationale for Sick Leave requests and assignments outside the jurisdiction of the diocese; assignment and date discrepancies published in the OCD; special assignment; current addresses; and confirmation of continuing and discontinued salaries and benefits.

A statistical exhibit of the data follows:


Clergyman1
Cause2
Status/Assignment
Year
1.
Rev. John Ahrens

N/A3
Sick Leave
1976
2.
Rev. Norman J. Ahrens
d. 15 May 1990
N/A
Sick Leave
Last Assignment
1976
St. Joseph, Marceline
3.
Rev. Patrick Audley
N/A
ODOD5
c/o Chancery, Jefferson City
1986-1988
4.
Rev. Hugh F. Behan
One Allegation
Leave of Absence
Inactive/Salaried
1999-2003
2004 to Present
5.
Rev. David G. Buescher
One Allegation
No Listing
Special Assignment
Retired: Living in Jefferson City
1980-1981
1985-1988
2005
6.
Rev. John Butler
N/A
ODOD5
c/o Chancery, Honolulu, Ha. 
No OCD listing for Honolulu.
1975-1989
7.
Rev. Edmund Byrne
N/A
Sabbatical
1989
8.
Rev. Robert J. Chenoweth
d. 7 April 2003
due to HIV/AIDS
N/A
ODOD5
Leave of Absence
1987-1989
1993-2003
9.
Rev. Kevin Clohessy
Two Allegations
Sick Leave
Leave of Absence
Dismissed
1993-1995
2000-2002
2004
10.
Rev. Christopher Concannon
N/A
Sick Leave
No Assign
1966-1976
After 1976
11.
Msgr. David D. Cox
Physical Abuse
St. Thomas Seminary
c. 1986
12.
Rev. Manus P. Daly
One Allegation
Transferred
Inactive
Retired: Resides in Ireland
1994
2002
2003
13.
Rev. John B. DeAngelis
d. 13 February 1989
Two Allegations
Transferred
Sick Leave/Treatment
19761971-1984
14.
Rev. William D. Debo
QC4
Transferred
2003
15.
Rev. John Degnan7
d. 9 September 2010
17 Allegations
Earliest report c. 1960
St. John Vianney/RECON Treatment Facility, Dittmer
No Directory Listing
Retired
2005-2010
2003-2004
2001
16.
Rev. Louis E. Dorn
One, Morals Related
One Allegation
Recanted
St. Peter, Fulton
Leave of Absence
Given Honorary Title
c. 1993
2006
2009
17.
Rev. Salvatore Fagiolo
N/A
Leave of Absence
1969
18.
Rev. Stephen Faletti
Two Allegations
Dismissed
c. 1990
19.
Rev. John H. Fischer
Three Allegations
Dismissed
c. 1996
20.
Rev. Thomas D. Hereford
QC4
Transferred
Leave of Absence
ODOD5
Inactive/On Leave
1993-1994
1994-1995
1996-2004
2004-Present
21.
Rev. Patrick H. Hoffman
d. 27 October 1990
N/A
ODOD5
c/o Chancery, Jefferson City
Last Assignment
Unknown


1984-1990
St. Joseph, Canton
22.
Msgr. Gregory L. Higley
N/A
No Assignment
Special Assignment
1986
1987
23.
Rev. Ronald Jewell
N/A
Leave of Absence
1982-1985
24.
Rev. Robert Keating
N/A
Leave of Absence
1981-1985
25.
Rev. Donald Kemper
d. 5 August 1984
N/A
Leave of Absence
Last Assignment
1982
Sacred Heart Columbia
26.
Rev. George Kramer
N/A
Special Assignment
Retired: Bonnots Mill, Mo.
1989
2007
27.
Rev. Mel Lahr
QC4
Sick Leave
1989
28.
Rev. Joseph G. Lawlor
N/A
Awaiting Assignment
Retired: Dublin, Ireland
1975
2010
29.
Rev. Vincent A. Linnebur
d. 27 November 2007
N/A
Awaiting Assignment
Leave of Absence
1975
1988
30.
Rev. John Long
QC4
Leave of Absence
Retired: Cork, Ireland
Second Home: Greenville, N.C.
1982
2003
31.
Rev. Nicholas Long
N/A
Awaiting Assignment
1975+-1980
32.
Rev. James P. McNally
Two Allegations
Three Physical Abuse
Sabbatical8
Leave of Absence
Dismissed
c. 1989
c. 1990
c. 1993
33.
Rev. Patrick J. McMyler
d. 23 April 1975
N/A
Sick Leave
ODOD5
1985
1989
34.
Rev. James J. Mohan
d. 17 March 1990
Four Allegations
Transferred to
Ireland
1980
35.
Msgr. Joseph J. Morell
d. 29 January 1989
N/A
ODOD5
1976-1989
36.
Bishop Anthony J. OConnell
16 Documented
7 Undocumented
ODOD5
Mepkin Abbey, N.C.
2002
37.
Rev. Edward M. Owens
d. 4 January 1997
N/A
Sick Leave
Last Assignment
1987
Pershing Regional Hospital
38.
Rev. Luigi Palmieri
N/A
ODOD5
1975-1989
39.
Msgr. Charles H. Patterson
d. 6 May 2010
One Allegation
Transferred
Transferred
40.
Rev. Gary W. Pool
Two Allegations
Transferred
Dismissed
c. 1986c. 1993
41.
Rev. Thomas Powell
N/A
Sick Leave
1987
42.
Rev. Raymond W. Rau
27 April 1978
N/A
Leave of Absence
Last Assignment
1972-1973
St. Anthony, Rosati
43.
Rev. Peter Russell
N/A
Leave of Absence
1986-1988
44.
Rev. Eric A. Schlachter
QC4
Sick Leave
Inactive/On Leave
19872004 to Present
45.
Rev. John Schutty
Multiple Allegations
Retired
2006
46.
Rev. Robert Scobee
30 April 1979
One Allegation
Transferred
Treatment
Last Assignment

1970-1972
St. Mary, Wien
47.
Rev. Thomas J. Seifner
One Allegation
Inactive/On Leave
Since 2009
48.
Rev. Carmin C. Sita/
AKA Gerald Howard
Awaiting Trial:
Four Allegations
Boone County, Mo.
St. Peter & St. Paul, Boonville
Newark, N.J.
2010
1983-1984
1982
49.
Rev. James M. Smith
N/A
Last Assignment
St. Peter,
Jefferson City
2005
50.
Rev. Mark C. Smith
N/A
ODOD5
1988
51.
Rev. Sean J. Smythe
d. 17 August 1990
One Allegation
Last Assignment
St. Mary’s Health Center
52.
Rev. Frank J. Stangld. 2 February 2008 
N/A
ODOD5
c/o Chancery, Jefferson City
Retired: Rocky Mount, N.C.
Diocese of Raleigh,
N. C.
1988-2002


2003-2008

1996-2008
53.
Rev. Gerald W. Stockman
N/A
ODOD5
Retired: Glasgow, Mo.
1987-1989
54.
Rev. Daniel S. Tarleton
N/A
Leave of Absence
1969
55.
Rev. Timothy M. Tatro
N/A
Inactive/On Leave
Since 2006
56.
Rev. John J. Vandenberghe
d. 25 April 1986
N/A
ODOD5
1975-1986
57.
Rev. Donald L. Wallace
Four Allegations
Dismissed
Retired
c/o Chancery, Jefferson City
2002
Since 2006
58.
Rev. Frank D. Westhoff
d. 7 January 2006
Four Allegations
ODOD5
Leave of Absence
No Directory Listing
1987-19891986-1988
2003-2006
59.
Rev. Clarence E. Wiederholt
N/A
Sick Leave
Retired
1986-1989
60.
Rev. John J. Whiteley
Six Allegations
Dismissed
c. 1993
61.
Rev. James Wieberg
N/A
Leave of Absence
Leave of Absence
1984
1985
62.
Rev. Robert Wiesmann
N/A
Sick Leave: 1967
No Assignments
1967
After 1976
63.
Rev. Norman Wilkinson
N/A
Sick Leave
1966
1 Both the Official Catholic Directory and the2003-2004 and 2010 Diocese of Jefferson
City Staff Directories offer misleading and conflicting data regarding assignment
history, employment status, and residency contain information.  For example, in
the case of Msgr. Patrick E. Gavin, the dates of his ordination and death are stated
as 1964 in the 2010 directory.
2 Cause for action due to a credible allegation of abuse disclosed to the public – herein
stated – or unexpected personnel changes–hence N/A designation –the reflect suspect management decisions that may result from credible allegations of sexual molestation
may include rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual assault of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.  Consequently, full disclosure of the change in assignment status
rationale for should be offered.
3 N/A designation refers to the fact that no information is available regarding the
assignment designation:  Sick
Leave, Leave of Absence, On Duty Outside Diocese, Transfer, or Inactive.  In the case of the Rev. James P. McNally, for example, students at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary were informed that Father McNally had been granted a one-year sabbatical to study in Toronto when he was removed as Dean of Students in the late 1980s.  Father McNally, in fact, was placed in treatment at the Southdown Institute in Toronto, according to sources.  http://www.southdown.on.ca/
4 Questionable Circumstances:  Full disclosure by Bishop Gaydos is necesary.
5 On Duty Outside of the Diocese:  In some instances forwarding addresses are noted
“In Care of the Chancery.”
6 Westhoff is not included among the deceased in the 2010 Diocese of Jefferson City
Staff Directory even though he died in 2006 and was incardinated in the diocese for
more than 20 years.  His missing death notation equals the obfuscation of his
employment history. 
7 Degnan is not included in the 2003-2004 Diocesan Directory, but reappears in the
2010 Staff Directory as a retiree.
8 James P. McNally, according to sources was transferred to the Southdown Institute,
A treatment facility Toronto.  His absence from the diocese and his assignment at
St. Thomas Seminary was recorded near officially as an academic sabbatical.