Many reports about priest preceded boy’s suicide, parents say

Local Catholic officials received numerous reports alleging inappropriate behavior by a priest before a 14-year-old boy took his life in 1983, a motion filed this week by the boy’s parents says.

But the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese failed to act on the reports about Monsignor Thomas O’Brien, the motion alleges, and Brian Teeman committed suicide after suffering repeated sexual abuse by the priest.

The motion, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, is packed with excerpts from depositions of dozens of witnesses — including priests and nuns — and an affidavit from a former school board president at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, who said she complained about O’Brien to a former bishop, then resigned and pulled her son from the school in the 1980s because nothing was done about it.

Brian died of a gunshot wound to the head in November 1983 at the family’s home in Independence.
The motion is part of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the diocese and O’Brien by Don and Rosemary Teeman. The Teemans filed the suit in September 2011 after a man who had served as an altar boy with their son told them of the alleged abuse. The lawsuit says the diocese shares responsibility for Brian’s death because church officials knew that O’Brien was sexually abusing boys but covered it up.

“They had, by the time Brian Teeman committed suicide, received no less than 17 reports of serious danger to children by this priest but chose to hide that information and ignore its responsibility to report his illegal behavior to the authorities,” the motion says.

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  • Michael Ference
    commented 2013-05-20 09:18:23 -0500
    I do not destroy my records, either. The same can not be said about Zubik. Juts for the record, John Wellinger’s behavior was reported to Father Charles Bober back in 1987. Bober is now the lead fundraiser in a plum assignment (wealthy church) raising millions of dollars for the Cardinal Donald Wuerl Catholic High School.

    With no oversight, this is where unscrupulous bishops and cardinals skim money for their own personal pleasures.

    Pew sheep may be the dumbest form of humans. So happy to give their money to dysfunctional sex freaks.

    Thanks Kay.
  • Kay Goodnow
    commented 2013-05-18 17:29:15 -0500
    I believe Mike Ference!
  • Michael Ference
    commented 2013-05-18 11:18:36 -0500
    I often wonder how many teenage suicides former satanic catholic priest John Wellinger was responsible for? At least two boys would kill themselves in 1989. One was a former altar boy of Wellinger when the priest was an assistant pastor at St. Clare of Assisi In Clairton, PA. The other boy killed himself while Wellinger was pastor at Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, PA.

    Wellinger also sexually assaulted an 11-year-old altar boy in 1989, again while he was pastor at Holy Spirit Church. According to Bishop David Zubik, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, formerly bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese, their records indicate that no one stepped forward until 1995 to complain about Wellinger’s dysfunctional sex behavior. My records indicate taht as early as 1987, the Pittsburgh Diocese was warned about Wellinger’s sexual shenanigans.

    Who do you believe? Mike Ference or Zubik or Wuerl?
  • Kay Goodnow
    commented 2013-05-17 15:27:25 -0500
    Same stuff, different day.

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