Victims blast KC MO bishop
Victims blast KC MO bishop
He just posted new ‘accused clerics’ list
SNAP: ‘But it’s incomplete and misleading’
It names 9 publicly accused priests who are left off
And group names its “Dangerous Dozen KC Predator Priests”
“Catholics, please stop giving until the full truth is revealed,” victims beg
And in Wyandotte County KS, criminal trial against a priest starts on Monday
Using sidewalk chalk, clergy sex abuse victims will write on a city sidewalk the names of
---their “most dangerous dozen” credibly accused KC MO child molesting clerics and
---several publicly accused clerics who’ve been left of the KC MO bishop’s new ‘accused’ list.
Holding signs and childhood photos, they will also urge
---those with information or suspicions about ANY other known or possible predator to a) call police, not church staff, and b) contact SNAP, and
---KC Catholics to “donate to institutions that expose predators, not protect them” and to “groups that prevent abuse, not conceal abuse.”
They’ll also discuss a rare criminal trial starting today against an alleged KC KS predator priest.
Monday, Sept. 9 at 11:15 AM.
Outside the Kansas City diocesan headquarters, 20 W. Ninth Street (at Baltimore) in KC MO
Four-six child sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
--1) Based on several factors, for the first time, SNAP has compiled a list of 12 publicly and/or credibly accused child molesting KC area clerics who it considers the “most dangerous.”
Four of them do NOT appear on KC MO Bishop James Johnston’s just-released list of ‘credibly accused’ abusive clerics, even thought a) they are/were in the KC MO diocese and b) have either been sued in civil abuse lawsuits and/or deemed ‘credibly accused’ by church officials elsewhere.
The list will be posted on the SNAP website under “Media Statements.”
---2) On Friday, Johnston posted a list of ‘credibly accused’ abusive KC MO clerics. But he omitted at least nine publicly accused clerics – most ‘outed’ by Catholic officials elsewhere as ‘credibly accused’ – from his list. (Over the past six months, SNAP discovered and disclosed these alleged predators and publicly urged Johnston to include them on his list, to no avail.) They are: Fr. Thomas A. Conway, Fr. Edgar Probstfield, Fr. James V. McCormack, Fr. Donald Redmond, Fr. Richard C. Colbert, Fr. Martin Juarez, Fr. Roger Hough, Br. Richard Geimer and Fr. Deusdedit Mulokozi.
---3) SNAP is sharply criticizing Johnston for a) waiting years to ‘out’ potentially dangerous predator priests, and b) refusing to disclose their photos, whereabouts and work histories. The group is also prodding parishioners to stop donating to the diocese until Johnston provides a more thorough and detailed ‘credibly accused’ list.
---4) On Monday (9/9), jury selection begins for a trial involving Kansas City KS priest Fr. Scott J. Kallal, who is charged with committing child sex crimes four years ago. SNAP wants top Catholic officials to “aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered any wrongdoing by him” so that the judge and jury “might be able to assess the case with more information, not less.”
Fr. Kallal was an assistant pastor at Holy Spirit in Overland Park when he was suspended in 2017 after two people complained of inappropriate conduct by him, one toward an 11-year-old girl.
The girl's father says the priest tickled her and touched her breast at a church gathering in 2015 but Fr. Kallal denied "moral misconduct or malicious intent."
The cleric was arrested in Maryland in 2017 where he had been sent for treatment at a church-run facility called the St. Luke’s Institute. Fr. Kallal has pled not guilty to two felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
He was ordained in 2011 in Kansas City, KS for a Rome-based religious order called the Apostles of the Interior Life. His whereabouts until 2014 are unclear; the 2013 and 2014 Official Catholic Directory shows that he was assigned to "further studies." From 2014-2016, Fr. Kallal was at St. Patrick's in Kansas City KS, and later at Holy Spirit in Overland Park KS>
In July 2017, Fr. Kallal was suspended from public ministry, after the archdiocese received allegations against from two different sources.
Fr. Kallal is not indexed in the 2012 Official Catholic Directory. He was ordained in June 2011. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Johnston’s list includes seven men who had apparently never before been publicly accused, civilly sued or criminally charged. They are James Ahern, Robert Deming, Joseph Jakubowski, Thomas Waterman, John Giacopelli, John DeAngelis and Michael Rice.
David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected], Tom White 913 927 2859, Jim McConnell 816 590 4752, [email protected]