KC – Archbishop resigns before deposition

KC – Archbishop resigns before deposition

Posted by David Clohessy on April 10, 2013

From the link: http://www.snapnetwork.org/kc_archbishop_resigns_before_deposition

An Iowa Catholic archbishop has announced his resignation “for health reasons” just two weeks prior to his scheduled deposition in a clergy sex abuse and cover up case.

He’s Jerome Hanus who has headed the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA and will soon live again in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

From 1977 to 1987, Jerome Hanus was abbot at Conception Abbey in Conception, MO (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph). In a videotaped interview and a signed confession from 2011, Bede Parry admitted that Abbot Jerome Hanus knew about Parry’s previous sexual misconduct yet still placed Parry in a position of authority with the Conception Abbey Boy Choir where Parry reoffended with at least five choir participants.

With this resignation, Hanus has become to first high-ranking church official to step down during Pope Francis’ new regime.

“It’s extremely rare for a standing Archbishop to be desposed, and even moreso when that official has been named as an enabler by a predator priest himself,” said said David Clohessy, SNAP Director. “The consequences from this deposition could be huge.”

SNAP believes that it is important the deposition still be held and that Hanus is made to ask tough questions about his time in Missouri and Iowa

“We hope the deposition will still be held,” said David Clohessy, SNAP Director. “It’s important that the public find out what Hanus knew about not only Parry, but other child-molesting clerics.”

Clohessy continued to say that “if he’s covered up sex crimes once, he’s surely done it again.”

Two attorneys – Rebecca Randles of Kansas City and Jeff Anderson of St. Paul MN – have handled cases against Parry.

Here’s video of Parry, the accused predator, regarding Hanus:


Here’s a statement Parry made in May 2011:


Here’s a 2011 story linking Hanus to the Parry lawsuit:


Here’s a new article about Hanus’ resignation:


Parry lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hanus plans to move back to Conception Abbey in northwestern Missouri.

For more info: David Clohessy (314.566.9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Pat Marker (360-421-5849, patrickmarker@gmail.com)


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on April 10, 2013, in Archbishop Jerome Hanus, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. While Jerome Hanus was still Archbishop of the Dubuque diocese, I was part of the settlement for victims that was announced in 2013 in a civil action against the Archdiocese. The matter, which was handled by attorney Brendan Quann, required claimants to sign a document that stipulated in order to receive counselling, paid for by the Archdiocese, we must agree the Diocese had the ‘right’ to request copies of all confidential records of our counselling sessions be sent to the Diocese. I advised our attorney that I was signing that agreement with the interpretation that the Diocese ‘had the right to request,’ but that I would deny that request. It should be remembered that the Catholic Church has repeatedly claimed that it is sorry, and that it is reaching out to victims to help them heal by providing paid counselling. However, violating their privacy by demanding access to those sessions via notes/recordings/etc… is an intimidation tactic, and morally offensive. The Catholic Church does not brag about that intrusion. After arranging for my own counselling sessions, I contacted the Diocese and asked how my counselor should submit his billing. I was reminded that I needed to assure that the Church would get copies of all my counsellors records and files on me. I informed the nun to whom I spoke that she would get NO copies. She then said I had agreed to it. And I said…”It will make interesting copy for some magazine like the National Enquirer to see in print that you won’t provide the promised copy unless you can be a voyeur into my confidential counseling.” At that point, she agreed to provide the billing information WITHOUT the stipulation that she get copies of all my sessions. I then called the attorney who was handling the group and asked him to let the other claimants know that they did not have to accept this creepy condition of the Diocese in order to receive paid counselling. Jerome Hanus never apologized to me. In fact, despite the fact that Patrick McElliott was known to have sexually assaulted myself and other girls at St. John’s parish in the 60s…Brendan Quann, the Church’s attorney, worked me over like I was a criminal during an hours long deposition during the course of the lawsuit, as well as subjecting me to an hours long inquisition by one of the Church’s paid psychologists. There was not then, nor has there since been any other contact by/from the Church other than this hostile, demeaning and vindictive process. Like the original sexual assault, the second victimization was about power, not about love. Not about healing.

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