John R. Gaydos
Jefferson City, Mo.
personal choice, even for someone who
is supposed to be a spiritual leader. But
we have to wonder about a clergyman’s
commitment to his theology and philosophy
when he endorses child molestation, human
trafficking, sexual slavery, and the degradation
of women and children.
“Deviant Celibacy” is not a vocation. Nor is the systematic
method of cover-up favored by the bishops of the Middle
West: you yourself, in particular, and Robert W. Finn, and
John C. Nienstedt.
63 videos and print collateral with themes categorized as “mastery and slavery,”
humiliation of young boys, torture of
young boys, sex acts between boys, and
degradation of young boys. Nor could
he explain his itinerary which included
stopping off points in Thailand, Indonesia,
and other sex tour destinations that cater
to child predators.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and chancellor
of St. Francis Xavier University there.
One month before his arrest, the
compromised clergyman had brokered
the settlement of a $15 million class-
action lawsuit brought by former
child sexual abuse victims in the
diocese that date back to 1950. For
more information: Childproof 17.
two years later in 2011, but not before a paid a psychiatrist testified under oath that the predator priest is not a “pedophile.” On 4 January 2012, Ontario Court Justice Kent Kirkland sentenced Lahey to 15 months in jail with credit for the 16 months already served. As a result, Bishop Lahey walked out of the courtroom a free man subject to probation for 24 months.
Twelve months after the Lahey case — on 21 December 2012 — coincidence and sense of déjà vu set in when the Rev. Mr. William Kokesch was arrested on charges of making child pornography. Kokesch, the former director of communications (1995-2005) for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken into custody after police seized more than 100,000 computer files, as well as messages left at chat-room sites.
of Catholic Bishops
St. Edmund of Canterbury
2,000 images and chat room messages
found on pedophile websites were taken
from his home. But court testimony
disclosed that investigators had found
more than 99,000 images and more than
2,000 videos of children being sexually
exploited. Many of the children involved,
mostly girls, were aged one to five years
old and had been placed in erotic poses
or were engaging in explicit sexual activity.
married with five adult children, was
arrested after police searched his
home in Pointe Claire, a Montreal
suburb. His parish office at St. Edmund
of Canterbury, Beaconsfield.
2002 North American pastoral plan for vocations. In 2005, Kokesch organized the Canadian delegation program for the World Youth Day Catholic celebration in Cologne, Germany.
Helias High School
Jefferson City, Mo.
complacent history of skirting pornography
allegations and protecting priests who
indulge in the erotic (printed or visual
material containing the explicit description
or display of sexual organs or activity)
rather than the aesthetic, intellectual,
still work as pastors of rural parishes,
despite the evidence and witnesses.
St. Joseph, Salisbury, is the scene of
one these incidents. St. Peter, Fulton,
is the second site.
The most recent Gaydos employee exposed by the vice squad
in November 2011, the Rev. Brendan Doyle, had been concealed
since at least 2008. But that did not prevent Doyle or Gaydos
from using same methodology as Bishop Lahey to explain away the licentiousness of the material revealed during a forensic search of Doyle’s personal laptop and his office computer at Helias High School, Jefferson City, Mo.
We will not address the long history of diocese (i.e. you and McAuliffe) assigning known predators as spiritual directors for
the students at Helias.
We won’t dwell on the matter of Tim Dunville, the Helias tennis coach implicated in the 2013 money-for-marriage scandal
($36,000 to marry a Ukrainian national for United States citizenship). Dunville, 44, resigned from the Helias faculty the week of 4 February 2013.
Nor will we discuss the 13 February 2014 resignation of art teacher Mark Friggle as a result of sexual innuendo directed at a 14-year-old female student, which the media has described as “perverted in nature.”
You and your vicar general, Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, have portrayed the Doyle affair as an indiscrete aberration. In fact, in a 14 March 2012 statement, Gaydos said that Doyle has not been linked to other incidents:
What the bishop of Jefferson City has not tell the public is that
he church employees spoke with and met in 2008 with an official of the Firley YMCA, Jefferson City, to discuss Doyle’s relationship with young boys. In fact, the YMCA official drafted and had notarized a two-page affidavit, which was submitted to the City
of Columbia Police Department to highlight the misinformation disclosed to the media.
The YMCA-Doyle Affidavit describes a 2008 telephone conversation about Doyle’s activities with Stan Ochsner, the former Helias athletic director and current dean of students. Ochsner joined the Helias faculty in 1997 and was athletic director for more than a decade until he was named dean in 2011.
The YMCA-Doyle Affidavit also addresses a face-to-face meeting
the author had with a diocesan staff member — the likely candidates are either Higley or Ronald Vessel — who promised that the complaint would be investigated and that the documentation would kept by the diocese. Vessel was the director of the so-called “Community Reconciliation” program in 2008.
But considering the legal implications, the complainant most likely met with Higley. Higley has been the direct contact in any number of clergy abuse cases and is known to be a hard-hearted inquisitor rather than a pastoral caregiver.
Dean of Students
Helias High School
Ochsner declined to comment about the
YMCA-Doyle Affidavit during a telephone
conversation on 14 April 2014, according
to our source. Instead, he referred us to
As with Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky,
the disgraced Pennsylvania State University
athletic director and football coach,
respectively, the affidavit describes
incidents in which Doyle showered with
young boys at the Firley YMCA. The
YMCA-Doyle Affidavit notes that Doyle
used the sauna and steam room facilities
with young boys. The YMCA-Doyle
Affidavit, too, recounts an incident in
which Doyle questioned a boy about a
gift of tennis shoes. Links to the document
are: YMCA-Doyle Affidavit, Page 1 and
YMCA-Doyle Affidavit, Page 2.
Per Ochsner’s suggestion, our source followed up with a Gaydos representative. A written statement from the representative about the YMCA-Doyle Affidavit, dated 14 April 2014, is non-committal while hedging the point in question:
matter concerning Fr. Brendan Doyle. The Diocese,
however, does not know if the unnamed individual
who made the referenced 2011 affidavit is the
person who contacted the diocese in 2008. It is
very possible it could be the same person.
with the Associate to the Chancellor, Mr. Ron
Vessell. The man reported that he had concerns
that Fr. Brendan Doyle was playing racquetball
with teenagers and that after games he was in
the locker room with them, but at no time did
this man allege that any improper conduct had
occurred and he did not report any allegations
of sexual abuse.
this same man came to the Diocese and again
met with Mr. Vessell and emphasized that he
was not alleging that improper conduct had
occurred. He said that his reason for informing
the Diocese was to make it aware of Fr. Doyle’s
actions and to inquire about their appropriateness.”
Despite this tepid doubletalk from a babbling bishop we will rely on the testimony of this Citizen Hero who saw smoke and flames and yelled ‘Fire.’
Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri (2009-2012), declined to prosecute the 73-year-old priest, most likely the result of deal worked out by Gaydos, Higley, and Doyle’s own attorney. Phillips was appointed to the Federal Bench of the U. S. District Court, Western District of Missouri in 2012.
We do not believe it is too much to assume that Phillips may have made a different decision if she had access to the YMCA-Doyle Affidavit and witness. We do not believe it is too much to assume that you, Bishop Gaydos, and your legal advisors suppressed this evidence. As a result, it appears that Phillips’ was blindsided and concern about career advancement preceded interest in the behavior of someone portrayed as just another dirty old man.
Gaydos and the Secret of Doyle’s Hard Drive
Gaydos, Higley, and the seven secret members of the Church’s so-called Clergy Review Board have not offered up for public review any of the lascivious images found on the computer hard drives of 73-year-old racquetball coach and spiritual director at Helias High School.
Gaydos that Fr. Doyle not return to public ministry
at this time (and) Bishop Gaydos has accepted the
Bishop Gaydos, you have merely shuffled another suspect priest. And, again, he has demonstrated that the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is nothing more than a false and deceitful piece of paper.
Gaydos continue to violate his promise for transparency and openness with church members and the public by declining to specify the content found on Doyle’s computer. Rather than place the villain
in a remote, secure, independently run treatment facility, Gaydos will allow Doyle to continue to deceive parents who might entrust him with their children:
times but not all priest [sic] are guilty. I wish you the
very best in bring forth the ones who have done wrong.
But you are very careless in some of you suppose [sic]
findings. Rev. Brendan Doyle never had a computer at
Helias [High] School in his office. He took his home
computer to a teacher at Helias to work on it.
understand or like on the computer. They stated that
a clean record and even after the chancery sent letters
out to parishes to ask if anyone had anything again [sic]
him. Nothing came back.
Y and played racket ball with him. Father to this day
plays racket ball everyday [sic]. You know why?
Because he has a leg problem which he has had
for years and this is the way he can hopefully stay
on his feet.
things but please don’t get it wrong. You have
taken much from this priest who doesn’t deserve
it. I know the facts.”
Msgr. Gregory L. Higley
Jefferson City, Mo.
support of Higley and other diocesan
administrators, have fallen for the
“eccentric codger” gambit, i.e. too
befuddled to manage technology
adroitly. Some are relying on the
“set-up” scenario, i.e. a person or
persons unknown planted the images
on his home and school hard drives.
And another contingent cites the
“Internet virus” syndrome, i.e. an
intruder hacked his hard drives.
out the truth, as Earl Kliethermes posed with KRCG/TV-13, Jefferson City:
him’ line to deny the possibility of guilt here. Now,
just as a far lesser example, when I was in local
retail, a number of nice, well-dressed and even
popular people visited, brought friends, talked
with me face to face and then stole from me
and talked trash behind my back as a cover.
And this is the everyday case in so many crimes,
tiny or large.
I’m not passing final judgment, but I do quarrel
with the excuses made to completely discount
any possibility of guilt. People are fooled every
day by their own roommates, co-workers and
family members. You have to face possibilities
or fall victim the next time around.”
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