Archive for Jerome Hanus

Bishop to recount handling of 1987 sexual abuse case

WATERLOO — Retired Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus said Thursday he looks forward to giving a deposition soon in a 2011 lawsuit regarding his handling of an alleged clergy sex abuse incident 26 years ago by a monk at a Missouri abbey.

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RC Archbishop Resigns before Deposition of Former Pedophile Priest

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa Jerome Hanus has announced he is resigning “for health reasons” just two weeks prior to his scheduled deposition of a former pedophile priest who was later accepted into the Episcopal Church. Hanus is the first archbishop to resign under Pope Francis. Archbishop Hanus will move back to Conception Abbey.

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On the Eve of Deposition, Archbishop’s Resignation Accepted

Pope Francis has accepted the tendered resignation at age 73, two years younger than the age required for resignation by bishops, of Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa.

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Archbishop Hanus Resigns Prior to 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. » Read more..

Statement of Archbishop Hanus

As many of you know, my health has declined in recent years. As a result, some time ago I submitted my resignation as Archbishop to the proper authorities.

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Archbishop Jerome Hanus Resigns

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Only hours after a formal announcement from the Vatican, Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus helped introduce his successor to the public.

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Statement of Rev. Bede Parry

During the camp, I had inappropriate sexual contact in my living quarters with… a member of the Abbey Boy Choir. – Bede Parry, May, 2011

I have since recognized that I may have acted inappropriately with at least one other member of the Abbey Boy Choir. – Bede Parry, May, 2011

Everything that I have done in my life has been with me, and haunting me, every day. I dream about it. I think about it. Not a day passes when I do not regret my conduct. I am truly sorry. – Bede Parry, May, 2011
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Bede Parry… on Telling Jerome Hanus (Video)

“are there any legal issues, are the police involved?” and I said “no” and he said, “well, you know, we’re going to have to get some counseling because this just can’t happen again.” – Bede Parry… on Telling Jerome Hanus (May 7, 2011)

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July 19, 2011 Letter to Abbot Polan

Gregory Polan

During a May 18, 2011, telephone conversation, we discussed … Your failure to disclose misconduct by Bede Parry and other monks following the 2002 shooting at Conception Abbey.




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Hanus to Parry: Be Especially Observant of Celibacy Vow

When Bede Parry was ordained in 1983, Conception Abbey’s Jerome Hanus (photo, left) had some advice for Parry. Abbot Jerome Hanus told Parry that he must be “especially observant” of his vow of celibacy. Seems like odd advice for a monk on his ordination day… unless the advice comes from Hanus, who was well aware of Parry’s history of sexual misconduct.

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Conception Abbey named in second lawsuit

(Maryville, Mo.) A second lawsuit was filed last week in Nodaway County Circuit Court alleging that a former monk there, who was also an ordained priest, abused a teenage boy in the early 1980s.

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St. John’s Abbey Covered Up Abuse by Bede Parry

(Left to Right… St. John’s Abbey Monks Fr. Rene McGraw, Fr. Roman Paur, Abbot Theisen, Abbot Klassen)

Br. Bede Parry from Conception Abbey in Missouri attended the St. John’s University School of Theology between 1979 and 1982. During his second year, Br. Parry pursued a college freshman, twenty years his junior, who was interested in music and the priesthood. The first sexual misconduct included oral sex in a St. John’s University music room in the spring of 1981. The misconduct continued into the fall of 1981 when another student, also being pursued by Br. Parry, reported the misconduct to Fr. Rene McGraw.

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Lawsuit #2 Filed Against Conception Abbey

A second lawsuit was filed in Missouri today. The lawsuit, which names Conception Abbey as a defendant, alleges that Bede Parry sexually abused a fifteen year old member of the Conception Abbey Boys Choir over a eighteen month period beginning in 1982.

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Civil Lawsuit Casts Wide Net

A civil lawsuit against Conception Abbey in rural Missouri has raised lingering questions about decisions made by both Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa.

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John Doe 181 v Conception Abbey

John Doe 181 v Conception Abbey

Filed June 24, 2011

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