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Wrong James Janssen?

James M. Janssen

Chaplain

Boy Scouts

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Employment History

Assistant

St. Joseph Catholic Church


Pastor

Philip and James Parish


Contributor

Quad City Times


Substitute Pastor

Bishop Hayes


Associate Pastor

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Web References(70 Total References)


Crossland Foundation :: Media

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Yet this is exactly what happened when Fr. James Janssen of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, became a nuisance to Bishop Gerald Francis O'Keefe.
Hayes did his best to keep the matter quiet, and O'Keefe, taking the reins from Hayes, decided to make Janssen the chaplain of the Boy Scouts.


Bishop Accountability

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James M. Janssen is pictured at Sts.Philip and James in Grand Mound, where he was pastor and also diocesan chaplain of the Boy Scouts.This was his fourteenth parish.His bishop was warned about him before he was assigned to his first parish, and allegations came frequently thereafter.Janssen confessed to Bishop Hayes and then denied all wrongdoing.Janssen, Geerts, and Murphy.Rev. Theodore Anthony Geerts - Accused of abusing many boys with Bass, Janssen, and Murphy, who were classmates at Kenrick Seminary and like Geerts were ordained in 1948.Rev. James M. Janssen - Accused of abusing many boys with Bass, Geerts, and Murphy, and of pimping his victims to Bass, Wiebler, and Murphy.Janssen allegedly used sacrilege and petty crime to groom his victims, and sometimes took them out of state to abuse them.Janssen's "stable of boys" ranged in ages from 5 to 18, and he kept in touch with some into their adulthood.The diocese was warned about Janssen in 1948 before his first assignment, and he confessed to Bishop Hayes in 1958.Yet he worked as a priest for 42 years in 14 parishes (1 in the Joliet IL diocese), and was pastor at 4 of them for a total of 23 years.He was on the Priests' Personnel Board for 13 years, served a term on the Priests' Senate, and was diocesan chaplain of the Boy Scouts for 10 years.He was laicized in 2004. The only Memphis priest whose career matches these allegations appears to be James W. Murphy, trained at Kenrick Seminary with Janssen and Bass and ordained in the 1948, as they were.


Janssen, James M., Assignment Record

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James M. JanssenSummary of Case: Janssen has been accused of abusing many boys with Bass, Geerts, and Murphy, and of pimping his victims to Bass, Wiebler, and Murphy.Janssen allegedly used sacrilege and petty crime to groom his victims, and sometimes took them out of state to abuse them.Janssen's "stable of boys" ranged in ages from 5 to 18.He continued to abuse at least one into his twenties, and he kept in touch with several into their adulthood.The diocese was warned about Janssen in 1948 before his first assignment, and he confessed to Bishop Hayes in 1958.Yet he worked as a priest for 42 years in 14 parishes (one in the Joliet IL diocese), and was pastor at 4 of them for a total of 23 years.He was on the Priests' Personnel Board for 13 years, served a term on the Priests' Senate, and was diocesan chaplain of the Boy Scouts for 10 years.He was laicized in 2004.Resources: Many of the articles in our News and Views are about Janssen.See especially the bio that appeared in the diocesan newspaper when Janssen was transferred to his last parish, where he allegedly abused boys and showed them pornographic videos; Quad-City Times reporter Todd Ruger's Rev. James Janssen -- Records Reveal a Life on the Move; Des Moines Register religion reporter Shirley Ragsdale's Iowa Church Officials for Years Hid Allegations of Sexual Abuse (with its Timeline linked to the documents); and two harrowing accounts {1} {2} by former altar boys at St. Joseph's church in Fort Madison.The only writing sample that we have from Janssen is his vulgar and revealing letter to a victim; see also a letter from the victim to him, with an Illinois pastor's description of the letters' discovery and his own naïve assessment of them.Janssen was briefly suspended, and then- Chancellor Dingman swore to keep Janssen's abuse a secret.Janssen is not listed as being here in the Directory because the assignment was brief. A letter from a YMCA official in diocesan files says that Janssen "had been moved out [of Clinton] as a result of homosexual tendencies."Chancellor Dingman wrote of Janssen's "obsession against the place" because Janssen didn't have access to "youth" who were his "primary interest.""There must be something going on."After a fruitless pep-talk from Bishop Hayes, Janssen was put briefly on leave.Janssen is not listed as being here in the Directory because the assignment was brief. Janssen was under suspension at the time., A victim's account of being abused, and of how Janssen used petty crime to groom his victims.Janssen was transferred from Newton after 4 families complained about him., The abuse of the boys from the diocesan orphanage continued until the middle of this assignment. IA Assistant, 2/2.Pastor was Rev. Thomas J. McCann, who on 10/21/55 admitted having heard rumors about Janssen's conduct, but asked Bishop Hayes to follow up on a police inquiry about a morals charge against Janssen at the Newton YMCA. This assignment ended after Janssen was arrested for shoplifting in Des Moines, and after unsolicited complaints conveyed by YMCA officials on 11/2/56. (1, 2) Janssen's therapists at the Loyola Center for Guidance and Psychological Service told Hayes that Janssen needed psychotherapy and subsequent frequent meetings with a spiritual director. , Account by a St. Isaac Jogues parochial school student of abuse that began while Janssen was assigned to this parish.Photos show the boy when the abuse had just begun (A) and later (B) when his "sense of religion" was "for the most part gone."When the victim's mother discovered obscene letters between the boy (C) and Janssen (D) and gave them to the parish priest, the priest wrote to Hayes, and Janssen was suspended from his new position at Holbrook (see next entry). , The alleged abuse of the Hinsdale altar boy (previous entry) continued through the summer that Janssen was in Holbrook.The boy cut grass at the church and his parents even visited., By the time Janssen was pulled from Holbrook, he had taken a group of Boy Scouts from Iowa (including his nephew James Wells) on trips to view corpses at the Cook County Morgue (para. 3).The Wells family moved to Davenport in 1958; abuse that had happened 6-8 times a year now became more frequent. IA Substitute pastor Janssen was assigned to serve alone at Holbrook.A Loyola therapist wrote again to Hayes during this solitary assignment to ask whether Hayes had named a spiritual director for Janssen, and Hayes said no.This assignment ended when Janssen's abuse of a boy in his previous Hinsdale IL assignment was revealed to the pastor by the boy's mother and Hayes was informed. (1, 2, 3) Hayes acknowledged receipt. Hayes interviewed Janssen and Janssen "confessed his guilt"; Hayes suspended him; and Chancellor Dingman swore to keep the case secret.From the abbey, Janssen confirmed his guilt and begged for mercy; Hayes consulted Abbot O'Connor; the abbot replied favorably (summary by Davenport diocese, p. 3). , James Wells and an altar boy at St. Joseph's in Davenport (where Bass worked 1957-66) were allegedly abused by Janssen during his time in Delmar. Father Janssen has them intimidated." Parish school had 209 pupils in 1960-61.Janssen was transferred to St. Joseph's in Fort Madison after complaints 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 , Victims from these years also describe being pimped by Janssen to a Memphis priest (in 1963) and later to Rev. William F. Wiebler.A 2/26/69 letter from Rev. Theodore A. Geerts to Bishop O'Keefe proposes Geerts's "living in community" with Janssen at St. Joseph's in Sugar Creek., Some of the abuse described in the previous entry occurred while Janssen worked at Bryant, concurrent with his Sugar Creek assignment.In the 1973 Directory, Ruhl is indexed at Bryant, but is listed only at the hospital, not at Bryant, which Janssen is now covering., The boy who had been groomed by Janssen and then raped by him in the Sugar Creek rectory was abused by Janssen into adulthood, and some of that abuse occurred at the St. Anthony's rectory. IA Co-Pastor, 2/2.As co-pastor, Janssen assisted Msgr.


MULLENAX NEWS - Tough & Honest!

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"In 1948 a group of pedophile priests graduated from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis: James Janssen, Francis Bass, and Theodore Anthony Geerts.They began a 50 year reign of abuse in Davenport with the knowledge of the three bishops of Davenport."They had strong connections to the Chicago area.When Bishop Hayes discovered James Janssen was an abuser, he sent Janssen to Chicago to live at St. Isaac Jogues parish in Hinsdale, to study at Loyola University, and to be treated by Father William Devlin, S. J., M. D., and J. V. P. Stewart.No one told the pastor of St. Isaac Jogues that Janssen was an abuser.Janssen worked with the Boy Scouts and families of the parish, and started abusing a twelve-year-old scout while convincing the therapists that he was cured."In the mid and late 1950s Janssen and Bass took Davenport boys to the Cook County Hospital Morgue, where the abusers had a contact.Janssen took his nephew James Wells (whom he had molested since he was five) to the morgue.One boy whom Bass took remembered: 'Each corpse seemed more horrible than the last.Some were decomposed.Others were frozen in bizarre and terrifying postures with their eyes and mouths wide open.Our guide stopped us often and provided details.He showed me some babies.' Bass took the boys to his uncle's house in the suburbs and molested them.Janssen told his victims that he knew men in Chicago who would pay to have sex with them: 'He also told me that I could make money letting older men perform oral sex on me and that he would show me how to make those connections in Chicago.'"John Doe III v. Janssen, Bass, Geerts, and Diocese of Davenport CN 101428 Exhibit 49.


Bishop Accountability

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Bass was appointed to this position by Bishop Ralph Hayes on 10/2/58, less than a month after Hayes read an obscene letter from Janssen to a victim, in which Janssen familiarly mentioned Bass .
Thomas had reported the abuse when it happened in 1964, but unfortunately he reported it to Janssen at St. Mary's. See the next entry. Rev. James M. Janssen is listed below as the assistant at St. Mary's, where his pastor was Rev. James J. Hopkins. After St. Mary's, Janssen worked nearly 30 more years at three other parishes, where he allegedly abused many more boys.


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