Victims blast KS archbishop on abuse

Victims blast KS archbishop on abuse

They ‘out’ 6 publicly accused priests who are/were in KC KS

The allegations arose elsewhere but the clerics spent time here

SNAP also urges Archbishop to include those who abuse adults on his list


Holdings signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy abuse victims and concerned Catholics will disclose a list of six clerics publicly accused of child molestation who worked in/around KC KS but have gotten virtually no public or press attention here,

They will also call on KC KS Catholic officials to

---explain why these six names were left off their list of clergy with "substantiated" allegations,

---add the six names, along with photos, whereabouts and work histories of all publicly accused clerics, to their website, and

---include the identities of priests who have sexually abused, exploited and harassed adults as well.



Thursday Jan. 31 at 1:45 p.m.


On the sidewalk outside St. Peters Cathedral,  409 N 15th St., (between Sandusky and Orville Aves.) Kansas City Kansas 


Three-four concerned KC area Catholics along with two-three victims of clergy sexual abuse who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a St. Louis man, David Clohessy, who is the group’s current volunteer St. Louis leader as well as its former long time executive director


1) Last week, KC KS Archbishop Joseph Naumann released a list of 22 of priests with "substantiated" allegations of abuse, as well as 4 additional men who had public, but not "substantiated," allegations against them.

But SNAP has found, and is disclosing for the first time, 6 additional clerics who have been publicly accused child molestation and who were omitted from Archbishop Naumann’s list.

These clerics have been ‘outed’ elsewhere but have attracted no secular media attention in the greater KC area. All have either been convicted, sued, or exposed by Catholic officials or governmental entities, but almost always in other states. Their presence or time in the KC area is confirmed through the same sources.

--Fr. Anthony D. Palmese was deemed to have “substantiated allegations” on the Omaha Archdiocese’s website last November. He is accused of sexually abusing a Nebraska boy. Fr. Palmese also worked in parishes in New York NY, Topeka KS, and Orlando FL. He was a member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

--Fr. Roger A. Sinclair was exposed as a “predator priest” last August in an extensive Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in that state. Catholic officials

were told he molested two boys, but one priest deterred a mother from reporting to police.

Fr. Sinclair was treated at a Church-run center for sexually troubled priests called the House of Affirmation in St. Louis MO. He was also a military chaplain in CA, FL, KS VA and MA.

In 1991, Fr. Sinclair was fired from Topeka State Hospital after he "managed to gain access to a locked unit deceitfully" to try to take male teen patients to the movies. In 2005, he resigned from priesthood.

--Fr. Eugene A. Maio is a Jesuit who was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing one person at Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Hepreviously trained in the Kansas City KS archdiocese as student priest, and later taught at St. Louis University in the St. Louis archdiocese for at least two years. In 2003, he was living in the Akron OH area.

--Fr. Placidus Kieffer is a Benedictine who was accused of sexually abusing two boys in the Davenport IA diocese. Those allegations were deemed “credible” by church officials and his name is on Davenport's list of "credibly accused" abusers.

--Fr. John C. (Fidelis) Forrester, a Benedictine, is listed on diocesan lists of the "credibly accused" in Seattle WA (2016) and Davenport IA (2008).  Allegations were made against him by at least three boys. He worked at Ss. Peter and Paul church in Seneca KS and St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison KS.

--Fr. Norman J. Rogge, a Jesuit priest, was ‘outed’ as credibly accused last month on the Mobile AL diocesan website. He had pleaded guilty to a sexual offense against a child in Florida in 1967, and was charged with sexual battery or lewd and lascivious act on a child in 1984 and again convicted. He worked at St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s Kansas and also CT, TX, CA and LA.

Fr. Forrester died in 2002, Fr. Kieffer died in 1984, Fr. Rogge died in 2009 and Fr. Palmese died in 2012. As best as SNAP can tell, Frs. Maio and Sinclair are still alive.

Photos of Frs. Maio, Rogge, Palmese and Forrester, along with detailed information about all KC KS accused clerics, are available

2) SNAP also wants Archbishop Naumann, and all bishops, to make public the names of clerics who have sexually abused, exploited or harassed adults as well.

In 2006, the Archbishop admitted in a church newsletter that two of his priests were accused of sexual misconduct with adults.

--Fr. Anthony Kiplagat, who has reportedly fled back home to Kenya from his parishes in Osage City and Scranton

--Fr. George Seuferling, who faces multiple allegations, was suspended more than seven years ago, and now is reportedly being defrocked, a process that involves the Vatican and often takes years.

SNAP suspect there are other similar offenders still in eastern Kansas parishes. The group hopes their victims will come forward soon too.


David Clohessy (314 566 9790, [email protected]), Jim McConnell (816 741 9882 or 816 590 4752, [email protected][email protected]), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director, (517 974 9009,  [email protected])

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