Publicly accused Detroit abusive priests NOT on the archdiocesan ‘accused’ list

--Fr. Arthur Cooney, who was identified in 2013 in a Capuchin report as a current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Cooney's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was removed from public ministry and living under supervision.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2013_06_18_Burnett_Doyle_and_Freiburger_Capuchin_Report.pdf

--Fr. Leopold Gleissner, who was identified in 2013 in a Capuchin report as a current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Gleissner's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he was removed from public ministry and was placed under supervision.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2013_06_18_Burnett_Doyle_and_Freiburger_Capuchin_Report.pdf

 

--Fr. Leonard R. Foisy, a New Hampshire native who also spent time in New York, Montreal, Washington DC and Maryland. He held leadership positions in thee Sulpician religious order. In 1994, he was accused in a lawsuit of abusing a boy for four years in the 1960s in Michigan, when he was at St. John's Seminary in Plymouth. He died in 2016.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/priest/

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/1994_05_24_Trent_Sexual_Assault.htm

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/1994_05_25_UPI_Diocese_Denies.htm

 

--Fr. Matthew Gottschalk, a Capuchin who is accused of molesting three individuals in Milwaukee in the 1970s and in 1993. He admitted committing an "inappropriate" act against a minor. His religious order says most of the actions were not criminal acts according to the district attorney’s office. He now reportedly lives in Detroit.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/07_08/2012_07_12_Rusch_FrMatthew.htm

 

--Fr. Clarence Rudolph Grosser, a Czechoslovakia native who grew up in Wisconsin. In 2013, he was identified in a Capuchin report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Grosser's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he went to New York Provincein 1952. His obituary says he taught at Mt. Calvary minor seminary in Wisconsin and worked at parishes in Milwaukee WI, Yonkers NY, Brooklyn NY, and Manhattan, NY and was assigned to friaries or chapels in Hudson NH, Garrison NY, Springfield MA, Milton MA and Abington MA. He died in 1989.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2013_06_18_Burnett_Doyle_and_Freiburger_Capuchin_Report.pdf

 

--Fr. Donald (John Baptist) Kurcz, who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report  as a former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Kurcz's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he left the order in 1958 and married.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. John P. McManus, a Sulpician priest who worked in five archdioceses: Detroit, Seattle, Baltimore, San Francisco and Washington DC. In 2016, his name was included on the Seattle archdiocese's list of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. He died in 1986.

 

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/McManus_John_P_SS.htm

 

--Fr. Mathew Anthony Migan, who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Migan's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him except that he went to New York Province in 1952. He died in 2018.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. John Ambrose Newton, who was included on the Gallup diocese's 2014 list of credibly accused clerics He worked in Winslow AZ and Springerville AZ in the 1950s and died in Detroit in 1966.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Gallup_Downloaded_2015_02_28.htm#Newton

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2015/11_12/2015_11_21_Kor_InsurerSays.htm

 

--Fr. Donald J. O'Shaughnessy, a Jesuit who was at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston MI in the Detroit Archdiocese from 2008-2010. Much of his career was spent in theChicago archdiocese, where he was a Loyola Academy faculty member in Willmette IL. He also worked in Indianapolis IN, Oakland CA and three Ohio towns: Cincinnati,Cleveland and Milford. O'Shaughnessy was removed from ministry in 2004 after credible accusations were reported that he perpetrated sexual abuse while working at LoyolaAcademy. His direct supervisors have settled with at least three former students who reported abuse. O'Shaughnessy died in 2013.

 

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/O%27Shaughnessy_Donald_J_SJ.htm

 

--Fr. James F. Rapp who worked in Pennsylvania, Utah, New York, Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma. Accused of abuse of at least 2 MI boys in 1987. Removed, sent for counseling. Transferred to OK; abused several boys there. Convicted 1999 in OK; 40-year sentence. $5M settlement in OK civil suit. Accused in 2003 Utah civil suit by 2 brothers. Suit dismissed on statute of limitations. Dismissal upheld by UT Supreme Court 3/07. Charged 5/15 with 13 counts criminal sexual conduct re accusations of 1980s sexual abuse of boys at Lumen Christi High in Jackson MI. Six more counts added 6/26/15. Pled no contest in 2/16. Sentenced to up to 40 yrs 4/29/16. On Salt Lakediocese's list 12/4/18. Accused 11/00-02 of abuse of 4 minors 1969-75.

 

 

--Fr. Austin Schlaefer, who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. He worked in Milwaukee,Chicago and Detroit died in 1992 in Saginaw.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. Wendelin (Leslie) Schafer, a Jackson MI native who did mission work in Central America for 52 years but retired and returned to Wisconsin. He was identified in a 2013 Capuchin audit report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors.

 

He died in 2005 in Wisconsin.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=wendelin-shafer&pid=15363194

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138346861/austin-schlaefer

 

--Fr. Joseph Smetana, who spent 31 years working in Nicaragua. In a 2013 Capuchin report, he was identified as a current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. He has been removed from public ministry and is reportedly living under supervision.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Capuchins_St_Joseph_2013_06_18_Burnett_Doyle_and_Freiburger_Capuchin_Report_List.pdf

 

--Fr. Robert Spader, who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report as a former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. He reportedly left the order at some point.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. Francis Sparacino who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report as a current friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. In 2013, he was reportedly living under supervision in a nursing home. Fr. Sparacino died in 2015.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. Kenneth Stewart who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report as a former friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. He was reportedly removed from ministry. put under supervision, then left the order and was laicized (defrocked).

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

--Fr. James C. Walsh, who was charged in a civil lawsuit with allegedly molesting a student (Peter Isely 414 439 7259) at a Capuchin run high school and after graduation. The suit was tossed out because of the statute of limitations.

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm

 

 

--Fr. James C. Wolf, who was charged in a civil lawsuit with allegedly molesting a student at a Capuchin run high school and after graduation. The suit was tossed out because of the statute of limitations. The boy, Peter Isely (44 429 7259) was living with

Capuchins while considering entering the priesthood.

 

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Wolf_James_C_OFMcap.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1995_02_14_Schaefer_ExPupil_James_Wolf_etc_2.htm

According to the Official Catholic Directory, Fr. Wolf was at the St. Bonaventure Friary in Detroit in 2006. He also worked in three Wisconsin towns (Racine, Cudahy andMilwaukee), two other Michigan sites (St. John the Evangelist in Detroit and St. Fidelis Friary in Marquette) in and Montana.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Wolf_James_C_OFMcap.htm

--Fr. Hilary Zach, who was identified in a 2013 Capuchin report as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. He was reportedly removed from ministry. He spent several years at St. Lawrence Seminary as teacher and novice master and then became a hospital chaplain. Fr. Zach died in 1997.

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138346649/hilary-zach

 

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/05_06/2013_06_20_CapuchinFranciscan_Listof.htm


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