Catholic Courier

Posted: June 6, 2012

Diocese publishing list of priests removed during past decade

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 6, 2012, the Diocese of Rochester published on its website a categorized list of priests who have been removed from ministry since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued its landmark Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Here are the list and introduction exactly as they appear on the website:

Dispositions, 2002-Present

In 2001, the Holy See issued to assist bishops in handling allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clerics. Consistent with that legislation, in 2002, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops established the The Charter provides comprehensive procedures for addressing such allegations. It requires each diocese in the United States to initiate specific actions to create safe environments. It also directs action in the following areas: healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors; prompt and effective response to allegations; cooperation with civil authorities; disciplining offenders; and providing for means of accountability.

Bishop Clark has been unwavering in his commitment to the principles set forth in the Charter. As he wrote in the Catholic Courier newspaper, "Our Diocese has sought to reach out to those who were hurt in the past by the behavior of some of our priests. I have offered then -- and I offer now -- my sincere apologies on behalf of our local Church, and a personal pledge to each and every one of the victims and to all our faithful: We will work tirelessly and do everything within our power to prevent such incidents now and in the future. This we promise."

Consistent with that commitment to openness and transparency the Diocese of Rochester today publishes the names of all clerics removed from ministry since 2002.This list summarizes thefinal dispositions of all claims resolved since the Charter's in 2002. The Diocese will update this list if and when any new credible allegations of abuse are presented.

The disposition entitled "Prayer and Penance" is explained as follows: The Essential Norms recognize that there might be cases where a priest or deacon has either admitted to a past act of abuse or has been found guilty of one, but dismissal from the clerical state does not occur. This could happen, for instance, when a priest is seriously ill or of advanced age. In these cases, too, he is forbidden from all public ministry and from otherwise presenting himself as a priest. He is expected to dedicate his life to praying for victims and repenting of his past offenses.

The Diocese confirms that no priest who has harmed a minor remains in public ministry.

1. Cases concluded canonically by dismissal or prayer and penance. The clerics whose names are included in this section, at the end of a canonical process, either have been dismissed from the clerical state or assigned to a life of prayer and penance, with no public ministry possible

Thomas Burr Prayer and Penance
Thomas Corbett Prayer and Penance
Eugene Emo Dismissed from the clerical state
Robert Hammond Prayer and Penance
William Lum Prayer and Penance
Dennis Sewar Dismissed from the clerical state
David Simon Prayer and Penance
Francis Vogt Prayer and Penance
Robert Winterkorn Prayer and Penance'

2. Cases concluded canonically by voluntary laicization. Laicization is a canonical process whereby the cleric voluntarily requests that he be separated from the clerical state. Included in this section are the names of priests who sought laicization after being accused of the sexual abuse of a minor.

Albert Cason
Paul Cloonan
Gerard Guli
Joseph Larrabee
Foster Rogers

3. Cases not yet resolved canonically. Included in this section are the names of priests where canonical proceedings remain to be completed. In each case, the cleric involved has been removed from public ministry and remains on administrative leave.

Vincent Panepinto
Paul Schnacky
Dennis Shaw
Conrad Sundholm
Michael Volino

4. Complaints unresolved due to death of accused cleric. This section includes the names of deceased clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not completed because the cleric died, but the existence of allegations has been publicized.

David Gramkee
Robert O’Neill
John Steger

5. Complaints received after the death of a cleric and publicized.

David Bonin.

Victims of abuse always have a right to report to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victims’ assistance coordinator appointed by Bishop Clark: Barbara Pedeville: (585) 328-3228 ext. 1215 or (800) 388-7177 ext. 1215.


Michael Sweatt
Please include current photos along with a complete assignment or work history for each priest. Include how many victims have reported at each parish, school etc. Don't just say victims have a right to report to civil authorities, "encourage" victims to report their abuse to civil authorities. This reporting is a good first step bup openness and transparency demands more as other diocese have done.
June 7, 2012, 8:29 AM
I ask the Catholic Courier and the Diocese of Rochester to please, out of human decency, remove the priests listed in section 4. The priests in section 4 died without having their allegations either proven or disproven; basically, they did not receive the chance for vindication of their names because the Lord decided it was their time to leave this world. Since it is possible that one or more of those priests are not guilty of the allegations against them, it seems inappropriate to forever tarnish their names by including them in this list. I recall one local priest who was accused, went to trial, and was cleared of charges. Who is to say that the men in section 4 wouldn't have experience the same liberation from allegations against them? Please, do not let these names forever be tarnished. We simply do not know the truth and may never know.
June 7, 2012, 11:05 AM
This is hard to understand. Those dismissed or laicized are just let loose to prey on children in the society at large? The important part was to make sure they weren't doing it as priests? How does this show concern for children? Parents need to know who these criminals are, not just their names, but their ages, what they look like, where they live now, where they committed their crimes. Were these crimes reported to the police? This is just terribly irresponsible to publish a list of child molesters names and leave it at that. If Bishop Clark cared a whit about children, he would be helping people know where these men are and how to stay clear of them. I grew up in the Rochester Diocese. Has any of them moved to Waterloo for God’s sake?
June 7, 2012, 11:16 PM
Thomas H. Eldridge
John hit the nail on the head. It's in poor taste to list the names of priests who haven't been found guilty of abuse. Let the dead rest in peace. I ask the Courier and the Diocese to remove the names of those priests who died before receiving a fair trial. These names do not deserve an eternity of tarnish while there is a chance they are innocent of these allegations.
June 8, 2012, 1:31 PM
Annette Nestler
Simply NOT enough. We need complete transperency and accountability for victims/survivors and their families to heal. The unending damage was caused by the RCC hierarchy, now practice what you preach. RECONCILIATION Publish all names, as far back as records show, not just from 2002 to present. We need photos and work history's listed as well. (Lists of ALL parishes these priests were assigned to) Provide appropriate compensation to victims/survivors and their familes and STOP SUPPORTING the pedophiles/predators, both financially and emotionally.
June 10, 2012, 6:34 AM
Marge Dillenbeck
As sad as the loss of innocence of those who were preyed upon is the loss of faith that got swept away with it. It is unpardonable and for those who feel sorry for the deceased priests who's names and reputations are "tarnished", perhaps you should spend your time feeling for all the victims who remain silent and are forever and ever scarred! Amen
November 21, 2014, 10:10 PM
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