AFFIDAVIT OF FATHER JOSEPH McNAMARA
|STATE OF MISSOURI
|COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS
[Note: This is a web version of the Affidavit of Father Joseph McNamara, in the matter of John Doe v. Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Sigler, et al. We have linked the references and exhibit callouts to the documents, and noted the page breaks in the original. Paragraphs are marked with an anchor for ease of reference; for example, the URL http://www.bishop-accountability.org/documents/single/paraclete/1993-11-17-McNamara-Affidavit.htm#para_15 will bring the visitor to paragraph 15 of the affidavit.]
Father Joseph McNamara, being first duly sworn, states:
1. I am a priest of Servants of the Paraclete. I
received a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from St. Anselm College in Manchester,
New Hampshire, in 1951. One of my college professors told me about a new
work started in New Mexico by Father Gerald Fitzgerald. In June, 1951,
I went to Via Coeli Monastery. There were a total of eight Servants of
the Paraclete, and Servants of the Paraclete had one building in Jemez
Springs and a house in Santa Fe. At that time, Servants of the Paraclete
was a "pious community" under the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Paraclete
had no other facilities anywhere else.
2. I was accepted as a postulant by Servants of
the Paraclete. Servants of the Paraclete sent me to St. Thomas Seminary
in Denver in the fall of 1951. I studied at the seminary in Denver for
two years. In 1953, I served a one year novitiate in Jemez Springs with
Servants of the Paraclete, then returned to Denver to complete the last
two years of the seminary. In 1956, I was ordained as a priest by Servants
of the Paraclete.
3. Servants of the Paraclete wanted
its members to be knowledgeable as to the pressures and working conditions
experienced by guest priests. Accordingly, I was assigned to a number
of tasks for the first two years that I was a Servant of the Paraclete.
I served as chaplain of a Boy Scout camp in Arizona for one summer; I
studied in Rome for approximately four months; and I [page
2 begins] served as an assistant pastor to a parish priest in a
parish in northern Minnesota for almost one year.
4. I then received a variety of assignments
from Father Gerald. I served at Servants of the Paraclete's facilities
in Randolph, Vermont from 1958 to 1960; at Servants of the Paraclete's
facility in England from 1960 to 1962; and as Superior of Servants of
the Paraclete's house of studies in Rome from 1962 to 1964. In 1964, I
returned to Via Coeli Monastery.
5. I've read the Afidavit
of John Feit, and John Feit's description of Father Gerald, Servants
of the Paraclete, and the spiritual programs conducted by Servants of
the Paraclete at Via Coeli Monastery and Pius XII Villa are accurate.
Both Via Coeli Monastery and Pius XII Villa were "retreat houses."
They were not hospitals, treatment centers, or prisons. Guest priests
at Via Coeli Monastery and Pius XII Villa were provided by Servants of
the Paraclete with a place to stay, food to eat, and the opportunity to
engage in prayer and traditional Roman Catholic religious exercises. While
there, a guest priest remained subject-to the control of his bishop or
religious superior. Servants of the Paraclete did not have the right or
power to in effect incarcerate guest priests. If a guest priest's bishop
did not want a guest priest to leave the premises of a retreat house,
it was within the province of the bishop to order his priest to remain
on the premises. But Servants of the Paraclete could not keep guest priests
there, as if it were a prison. Similarly, Servants of the Paraclete could
not assign guest priests to duties in parishes or [page
3 begins] dioceses, either temporarily or permanently, Whether
a guest priest performed any priestly duties or activities in parishes
was entirely up to others, as were questions about how, when, where, and
under what circumstances such duties and activities would be performed.
6. Servants of the Paraclete is involved
in lawsuits concerning what are now called "pedophile priests."
Until Servants of the Paraclete adopted the graduated program of rehabilitation
proposed and recommended by Dr. John Salazar, Servants of the Paraclete
did not deal with priests who had molested children or priests who manifested
any form of what we considered to be sexual aberration. (See attached
Exhibit "A" and Exhibit "A" to John
Feit's Affidavit.) We considered men who were attracted to male children,
teenagers, or adults to be "homosexual priests." [Note: A description
in the Hoare
affidavit, Bates page 6863, shows that the two Exhibit A's referenced
above contained three letters by Fitzgerald, from 1948, 1957 (see also a transcription),
7. I've read the March 10, 1993, deposition
of Dr. John Salazar, and although he says that we described such priests
as, "priests with psycho-sexual difficulties," when talking
among ourselves, we used the term "homosexual priests." We regarded
homosexuality as an incomprehensible perversion. We did not think of sexual
activity with a male, whether a child, a teenager, or an adult, to be
the result of a biological or psychological condition. Rather, we thought
it resulted from a strange and serious moral failure.
8. Prior to adoption of the graduated
program of rehabilitation, if we learned that a resident who had been
sent to Via Coeli Monastery for a different reason, such as alcoholism,
was [page 4 begins] "homosexual"--attracted
to male children, teenagers, or adults, he would be told to leave immediately.
The problem of what are now called "pedophile priests" was not
a problem for Servants of the Paraclete before adoption of the graduated
program of rehabilitation, as it was something that we did not deal with.
9. Father Gerald thought that such priests
-- meaning priests attracted to male children, teenagers, or adults --
should be completely segregated from society, and consequently wanted
a remote "island refuge" far from civilization where a traditional
monastery could be established and such men could live and try to save
their souls. This was not an idle pipe dream, but was a goal which Father
Gerald pursued. In the late 1950s, Father Gerald wrote to a number of
bishops, asking if there were an island in their dioceses which would
serve this purpose. One bishop, James Davis, then the Bishop of San Juan,
Puerto Rico, offered the island of Tortola to Servants of the Paraclete.
In 1960, two Servants of the Paraclete went to Tortola, but found that
it had several thousand inhabitants. Servants of the Paraclete briefly
established a parish ministry on Tortola (meaning that the Servants of
the Paraclete served as parish priests), but no facility for receiving
guest priests was ever established on Tortola. Servants of the Paraclete
left Tortola at the end of 1960.
10. Later, in the early 1960s, Servants
of the Paraclete established a facility on an island named Carriacou in
the Diocese of Grenada. Carriacou was also inhabited, and although a small
facility for receiving guest priests was established there (in [page
5 begins] addition, Servants of the Paraclete provided parish ministry
to Carriacou), the retreat on Carriacou did not accept priests with sexual
11. In 1965, Father Gerald purchased
an island in Barbados, near Carriacou, which had an abandoned hotel, damaged
by fire, on it. This hotel was entirely removed from any civilization.
If I recall correctly, the total purchase price was $50,000.00. A payment
of $5,000.00 earnest money was made, with a promise of a further $28,000.00
as partial payment to be paid promptly. This was to be Father Gerald's
long sought after "island refuge," but it did not come to be.
As is described below, Archbishop Davis ordered Father Gerald to sell
the island. A wide variety of factors led up to the events of 1965 and
1966. Until then, even though the Constitution of Servants of the Paraclete
provided for government by a General Council, in reality and in practice,
Father Gerald had sole control of Servants of the Paraclete. Father Gerald
distrusted lay therapy programs and psychologists and psychiatrists in
general, and insisted that Servants of the Paraclete be entirely spiritual,
with emphasis upon devotion to the Eucharist. The events of-1965 and 1966
led to Father Gerald being stripped of power, and lay therapy programs
and treatment by independent lay psychologists and psychiatrists were
emphasized for some of the guest priests at Via Coeli Monastery.
12. Servants of the Paraclete was
subject to the control of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe because Servants
of the Paraclete was a diocesan congregation under the Archdiocese of
Santa Fe. [page 6 begins] Archbishop Byrne,
who was referred to as the "co-founder" of Servants of the Paraclete,
and Father Gerald were close friends and shared similar spiritual ideals.
Archbishop Byrne exercised little active involvement in the day to day
activities of Servants of the Paraclete. Archbishop Byrne agreed with
Father Gerald's view that Servants of the Paraclete's facilities should
be retreat houses with purely spiritual activities. "Supply ministry"
(a guest priest saying a Mass or doing other work in a parish for the
Archdiocese) happened on occasion, when needed by the Archdiocese, but
was not frequent or part of any program.
13. James Davis was appointed Archbishop
of Santa Fe in 1964. His relationship with Servants of the Paraclete in
general and Father Gerald in particular was quite different than Archbishop
Byrne's had been. Archbishop Davis was considerably more business oriented
than Archbishop Byrne had been. Attached hereto as Exhibit "B"
are copies of letters Archbishop Davis, soon after his appointment as
Archbishop, sent to Father Gerald establishing a more formal relationship
between the Archdiocese and Servants of the Paraclete and requesting detailed
information about the guest priests staying at Via Coeli Monastery and
the finances of Servants of the Paraclete. [Note: Exhibit B contains two
letters from Davis to Fitzgerald, dated April
20, 1964 and September
14. The finances of Servants of the
Paraclete were tangled. Father Gerald was by no means an acute financial
planner. Due to requests from bishops across the United States and in
other countries, Servants of the Paraclete had expanded dramatically in
the early and mid-1960s, spreading both personnel and finances [page
7 begins] thin. Since Servants of, the Paraclete was a congregation
of diocesan right existing by virtue of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Archbishop
Davis was justifiably concerned about these developments.
15. Independently of Archbishop Davis'
assertion of greater control over Servants of the Paraclete, a few Servants
of the Paraclete felt that Servants of the Paraclete was not adequately
addressing the problem of alcoholism. The guest priests at Servants of
the Paraclete's facility in England had attended Alcoholics Anonymous
meetings conducted in town, and these proved to be beneficial. Father
Gerald was adamantly opposed to Alcoholics Anonymous or any lay program
for priests. He steadfastly insisted upon a purely spiritual regimen.
Servants of the Paraclete held a "chapter" every six years.
A chapter was a meeting at which the Servant General, General Council,
and officers were elected. As the 1964 chapter drew near, Father Bill
Tobin, who was at Servants of the Paraclete's facility in Scotland, let
it be known that he intended to bring up the subject of programs for the
guest priests, and Alcoholics Anonymous in particular. Upon hearing of
this development, Father Gerald obtained permission to hold the 1964 chapter
by mail, rather than by meeting, which is how the chapter was conducted.
Father Gerald was re-elected as Servant General.
16. Archbishop Davis favored greater
treatment of guest priests with psychotherapy and psychiatric counseling,
and made suggestions to Father Gerald that greater use be made of [page
8 begins] independent, lay psychiatrists. One example is a letter
from Archbishop Davis to Father Gerald, a copy of which is attached hereto
"C". As is explained in John
Feit's Affidavit, Father Gerald distrusted lay programs, psychologists,
and psychiatrists. If a guest priest wished to see a psychologist or a
psychiatrist, or the guest priest's bishop or major superior wanted the
guest priest to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist, Father Gerald would
not interfere. But he also would not require or even encourage a guest
priest to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist. (As a practical matter,
we could not require a guest priest to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist,
as seeing these independent professionals cost a significant amount of
money. It was up to a guest priest's bishop or religious superior to decide
whether or not he would be responsible for payment of the fees of such
professionals, and if he would not, we really had no choice in the matter.)
17. By August, 1965, Archbishop Davis
had become frustrated by Father Gerald and Father Gerald had become frustrated
by Archbishop Davis. Attached hereto as Exhibit
"D" is a letter dated August 23, 1965, from Archbishop Davis
to Father Gerald which for all practical purposes marked the end of the
regime established and operated under the sole control of Father Gerald.
Among other things, Archbishop Davis ordered Father Gerald to sell the
island that had been purchased to serve as the "island retreat,"
ordered Father Gerald to appoint those Servants of the Paraclete most
interested in implementing Alcoholics Anonymous and other lay [page
9 begins] therapy programs for guest priests at Via Coeli Monastery
to positions of authority at Via Coeli Monastery, and ordering Father
Gerald to go to Rome with Archbishop Davis. Father Gerald never again
resided at Via Coeli Monastery, nor did he ever regain the power he had
18. In his letter to Father Gerald,
Archbishop Davis ordered Father Gerald to appoint Father Bill Tobin the
Superior of Via Coeli Monastery. Father Tobin was the priest who'd let
it be known that he intended to bring up the subject of programs for the
guest priests, particularly Alcoholics Anonymous, at the 1964 chapter,
which led Father Gerald to conduct the chapter by mail. Father Gerald
managed to persuade the Bishop McGee of Scotland to keep Father Bill Tobin
in Scotland, so he could not be appointed Superior of Via Coeli Monastery.
Father Gerald, upon the "recommendation" of and with the approval
of Archbishop Davis, then appointed me Superior of Via Coeli Monastery
in August, 1965.
19. At this point, there were disputes
between Archbishop Davis and Father Gerald about the finances of Servants
of the Paraclete, who was to be in charge of Servants of the Paraclete,
what Servants of the Paraclete would do with regard to lay therapy programs
for guest priests, and other matters. Father Gerald requested intervention
by the Sacred Congregation of Religious. The Sacred Congregation of Religious
is an agency of the Holy See which oversees the affairs of all Religious
Communities in the Catholic Church. Accordingly, both the Archdiocese
of Santa Fe and Servants of the Paraclete, a part of the Archdiocese of
Santa Fe, [page 10 begins] were subject to
the control of the Sacred Congregation of Religious. The Sacred Congregation
of Religious sent a visitator, Father David Temple, to investigate the
20. Having been appointed Superior
of Via Coeli Monastery with instructions from Archbishop Davis to begin
implementing lay therapy programs for guest priests, I immediately set
about investigating the types. of alcoholics rehabilitation programs existing
in the United States. I became convinced that we should use a full Alcoholics
Anonymous program, supplemented by both physiological and psychological
programs. By letter dated October 1, 1965, a copy of which is attached
hereto as Exhibit
"E", I informed Archbishop Davis of my conclusions and recommendations.
A few days before sending the letter to Archbishop Davis, I sent a copy
of the letter to Father Gerald in Rome. I labored over this letter intently,
as I felt at the time that this was something I would have to live with
for years, since it proposed a marked departure from Father Gerald's steadfast
policy of limiting activities at Via Coeli Monastery to strictly spiritual
matters. I knew that Father Gerald would feel that I had betrayed him
and I. subsequently, in October, 1965, wrote Father Gerald another letter,
a copy of which I cannot locate, in which I told him that I had not betrayed
him, since he had always told me to honor and obey the Archbishop of Santa
Fe and I had only been following Father Gerald's admonition to be obedient
to the Archbishop.
21. I wrote another letter to Archbishop
Davis subsequent to my letter dated October 1, 1965. In my letter dated
October 1, [page 11 begins] 1965, I had recommended
that Servants of the Paraclete hire a lay director for the alcoholics
rehabilitation program I proposed and that Servants of the Paraclete pay
him $10,000.00 per year. We didn't have $10,000.00, so I wrote a second
letter to Archbishop Davis specifically asking him for permission to offer
the layman the $10,000.00 per year.
22. I received a letter from Archbishop
Davis dated October 12, 1965, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit
"F", telling me to proceed with the organization of an alcoholic
clinic and to hire the layman I had recommended.
23. As shown by Exhibit "G"
attached hereto, Father Gerald apparently communicated to Archbishop Davis
that Father Gerald wished to have me removed as Superior of Via Coeli
Monastery. Archbishop Davis refused to accede to Father Gerald's request
at that time. [Note: Exhibit
G is a Davis letter dated October 12, 1965. He is replying to a Fitzgerald
letter dated October 9 and a telegram dated October 10. The two Fitzgerald
communications are not included in the exhibits for this affidavit.] As
shown by Exhibit "H", Father Gerald presented this dispute to
present the dispute to the authorities in Rome. [Note: Exhibit H would
appear to have been a letter
from Fitzgerald to Cardinal Amleto G. Cicognani. The letter is not
dated or its date has been redacted, but from internal evidence, it appears
to have been written in October 1965. This letter is also Exhibit A of
affidavit. Hoare identifies Cicognani as Apostolic Delegate to the
United States, but this is not correct. Cicognani held that office in
1933-1959. By the time he received Fitzgerald's letter, Cicognani was
the Vatican Secretary of State, an office he held in 1961-1969.]
24. By letter dated October 20, 1965,
from father Gerald to Cardinal Antoniutti, the prefect of the Sacred Congregation
of Religious, Father Gerald proposed a solution to the dispute between
himself and Archbishop Davis. Attached as Exhibit
"I" is a copy of this letter. Father Gerald proposed giving
the Archdiocese of Santa Fe all of Servants of the Paraclete's property
in New Mexico, and Servants of the Paraclete would leave New Mexico.
25. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe did
not have the personnel to staff Via Coeli Monastery, nor did the Archdiocese
have the funds necessary to continue the operations of Via Coeli Monastery.
For [page 12 begins] these and other reasons,
the withdrawal of Servants of the Paraclete from the Archdiocese of Santa
Fe would have been harmful to the Archdiocese. I believe that Father Gerald
knew this when he wrote the letter to Cardinal Antoniutti, and that Father
Gerald viewed his threat to withdraw Servants of the Paraclete from the
Archdiocese of Santa Fe as a means of forcing Archbishop Davis to back
26. Attached hereto as Exhibit
"J" is a "Statement of Agreement" dated October
24, 1965, between Archbishop Davis and Father Gerald which was meant to
resolve the dispute. On its face, it appeared that Father Gerald had won
the battle. In fact, he had lost. Archbishop Davis secured the support
of the Sacred Congregation of Religious for implementation Alcoholics
Anonymous and other lay therapy programs, including reliance upon psychologists
and psychiatrists. Father Gerald was never again permitted to reside at
Via Coeli Monastery or to act as its Superior.
27. Although the "Statement of
Agreement" states that I was "to retire from active duty in
the Paracletes," I did not. I went to Servants of-the Paraclete's
facility in England, then served as a parish priest at a parish in England.
Archbishop Davis appointed Father Joseph Moylan to replace me as superior
of Via Coeli Monastery.
28. In March, 1966, the Sacred Congregation
of Religious appointed Father David Temple as "Religious Assistant"
to Servants of the Paraclete. In essence, he was to serve as a brake on
Father [page 13 begins] Gerald attempting
to regain power in the United States. By letter dated March 23, 1966,
from Cardinal Antoniutti to Father Temple, a copy of which was provided
to Servants of the Paraclete, among other things, Cardinal Antoniutti
Insofar as you can please see what can be done in regard to the methods
of rehabilitation of the guests, retaining, by all means, the primacy
of the spiritual renewal, but striving also to effect a wise selection
of those mental and physical means which help the workings of grace.
This was read as a mandate to implement lay programs and place greater
reliance upon lay psychologists and psychiatrists.
29. None of the disputes described
above had anything to do with what are now called "pedophile priests"
and what we called "homosexual priests" in the 1960's, as we
simply did not deal with them at the time. But, as a result of all of
the disputes and turmoil in the mid 1960's, we felt that we were under
instructions, both from Archbishop Davis and from the Sacred Congregation
of Religious, to rely upon lay psychiatrists and psychologists in the
rehabilitation of guest priests.
Feit's Affidavit describes the development of lay therapy programs
in 1966 and 1967. I knew Dr. John Salazar, and had retained him to serve
as the psychological advisor for the alcoholism program I'd proposed in
my letter to Archbishop Davis dated October 1, 1965. I was impressed by
him, and was impressed by his view that problems could be cured.
31. As I was in England from the end
of 1965 through the spring of 1967, I was not involved in any of the meetings
described [page 14 begins] in John
Feit's Affidavit, although I heard about them and the establishment
of the graduated program of rehabilitation proposed by Dr. Salazar. I
returned to New Mexico, arriving at Via Coeli Monastery at the end of
March, 1967, and took up residence at Villa Madre de Dios, the house that
Servants of the Paraclete had in Santa Fe. I found all of the programs
described in John
Feit's affidavit to be under way, and Dr. John Salazar was acting
as the de facto director of the lay rehabilitation efforts for the guest
priests at Via Coeli Monastery.
32. The mid to late 1960s was a time
of tremendous change in society in general, particularly with regard to
sexuality. During this time, Servants of the Paraclete received a number
of inquiries about accepting priests who had been accused of molesting
children, teenagers, or having heterosexual or homosexual relationships
with adults. (Servants of the Paraclete also received number of inquiries
about accepting priests who were considering leaving the priesthood to
marry.) The term "psychosexual difficulties," as described in
Dr. Salazar's deposition, applied to child molestation, as well as homosexuality
with adults, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and any number of sexual aberrations.
It was a catch-all phrase having to do with any form of sexuality other
than adult heterosexual sex. As described above, the view of Servants
of the Paraclete was that priests with "psychosexual difficulties"
should be segregated, preferably on an island.
33. I've read the March 10, 1993,
deposition of Dr. John Salazar. Dr. Salazar acknowledges that he advised
Servants of the [page 15 begins] Paraclete
that it was not only unnecessary to segregate individuals with "psychosexual
difficulties" from others, but that in fact such segregation would
be counterproductive to rehabilitation. Dr. Salazar further acknowledges
in the deposition that he was brought in as an alternative to "the
island." Although Dr. Salazar suggests in that deposition that he
told Servants of the Paraclete that what are now called "pedophile
priests" should not be sent out to do supply ministry work in parishes,
that was the view of Servants of the Paraclete to begin with. It was psychologists
and psychiatrists, including Dr. Salazar, who told us that such men could
be treated and cured of their problem. The notion of sending a priest
with a "psychosexual difficulty" to do parish work following
and during therapy did not come from Servants of the Paraclete. It came
from the psychologists and psychiatrists who treated the priests and recommended
"supply ministry" as part of the priests' rehabilitation.
34. At that time, complaints of child
molestation by a priest were very rare--virtually unheard of. Child molestation
was a problem that society-in general did not seem to have any mechanism
for dealing with. We didn't realize that a large number of child molestations
by priests went unreported--the few priests who were sent to Via Coeli
Monastery because of accusations of child molestation were sent there
because they had been reported. We undertook to receive such priests because
we thought they could be treated and cured, based upon the advice the
experts had given us, which would be a service to the Church and certainly
to its [page 16 begins] parishioners. We
did not intend to be a "recycling center" for "pedophile
priests." Had that been our intent, such priests could have been
sent to Via Coeli Monastery or Pius XII Villa, then assigned by the Archdiocese
or other dioceses to permanent parish ministry without any intervention
by a psychologist or psychiatrist, group therapy and participation Recovery,
Inc., programs, and the spiritual program operated by Servants of the
Paraclete. To the extent we accepted such priests, the intent was that
they would be treated and cured of their sexual aberration so they would
no longer pose a threat to anyone.
35. In August, 1967, Father Joseph
Moylan left as Superior of Via Coeli Monastery, and Father William Swanson
was appointed Superior. By this time there had been a number of criticisms
and complaints about Dr. John Salazar. Most related to money. We thought
he was trying to build his practice entirely from guest priests at Servants
of the Paraclete, and, as he interviewed incoming guest priests at Via
Coeli Monastery, was trying to steer guest priests to his office for individual
therapy. I recall in particular conversations with other Servants of the
Paraclete that we seemed to be acting as a "collection agency"
for Dr. Salazar, as we would forward his bills to the bishops and major
superiors of the guest priests who were receiving psychotherapy from him.
Father Swanson decided that he preferred sending guest priests with more
serious difficulties, and this included any priest who had been accused
of molesting a child, to major hospitals in Albuquerque for treatment
by psychiatrists. He accordingly stopped [page 17
begins] the practice of Dr. Salazar coming to Via Coeli Monastery
once a week to interview every incoming guest priest, since it seemed
to us that he was using these interviews to steer guest priests solely
to his office and away from psychiatrists and other providers at major
hospitals who might be better suited to treat the individual guest priests.
Dr. Salazar continued to treat individual guest priest with other difficulties.
36. In late 1967, I moved to Servants
of the Paraclete's house in Ohio. Father Gerald died in 1969, and I was
elected Servant General of Servants of the Paraclete in 1970. I returned
to Via Coeli Monastery in September, 1970.
37. I had no dealings with James Porter.
When I returned to Via Coeli Monastery in September, 1970, Jason Sigler
was a guest priest there. He was receiving psychiatric treatment at Lovelace
Hospital. Attached hereto as Exhibit
"K" is a letter I sent to the Archbishop of the Diocese
of Winnipeg, reporting that "according to the report of the psychiatrist,
Father Jason Sigler should be ready to return to active duty at the end
of February of this year." Servants of the Paraclete would not make
a decision on its own as to when or whether a priest who had been accused
of molesting a child should or should not return to active ministry. We
were not competent to make such a decision, and knew that we were not
competent to make such a decision. We relied upon the professionals to
make such determinations.
38. Jason Sigler returned to Via Coeli
Monastery seven years later, in April, 1978. The reason given to Servants
for his return [page 18 begins] in April,
1978, had nothing to do with sex or molestation, but rather had to do
with his impatience and irritability with parishioners. We thought that
he was one of the priests who had had a sexual problem, but had been treated
and cured back in 1970. Attached hereto as Exhibit "L" are copies
of letters concerning Jason Sigler's stay at via Coeli Monastery from
April, 1978 through early 1979, when Archbishop Sanchez assigned him to
duty at St. Therese Parish. [Note: Exhibit L appears to have contained
from McNamara to Sanchez, dated October 4, 1978, and a reply
from Sanchez to McNamara, dated October 25, 1978.]
39. In 1981, Jason Sigler was again
returned to Via Coeli Monastery. He received psychiatric treatment from
Dr. Jay Feierman. He did no "supply ministry" while at Via Coeli
Monastery. He never again served as a priest. He left Via Coeli Monastery
and the priesthood in January, 1982, without satisfying any of the formalities.
He simply left, moved to Texas, and married.
40. Going back to the 1960s, I believe
that Servants of the Paraclete and the psychologists and psychiatrists
who treated guest priests who had been accused of molesting children all
acted in good faith in an honest attempt to solve the problem. Servants
of the Paraclete did not claim to have any expert knowledge concerning
child molestation, and I am told by experts today that psychologists and
psychiatrists in the 60s and 70s had views and opinions on treatment and
cure of pedophiles which are no longer held -by the experts, as tremendously
more knowledge about pedophilia has been developed, beginning in the 1980s.
Servants of the Paraclete has changed considerably. Several Servants of
the [page 19 begins] Paraclete have received
advanced degrees in psychology, and, beginning in 1977, our programs integrated
intensive psychological and psychiatric treatment with spiritual and other
therapies. Servants of the Paraclete has not for years recommended that
a priest who molested a single child ever return to parish ministry or
any other form of ministry which might bring him into contact with children.
To this day, I don't know of a single case in which a priest who participated
in the program called "the module" which began in 1977 was recommended
for a return to ministry involving children, and later had a complaint
made against him. Servants of the Paraclete has recommended that many
individuals not return to any form of active duty in the priesthood, and
that others return only to duty which would not bring them into contact
with children and which would involve supervision and aftercare.
FATHER JOSEPH McNAMARA
The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 17th day of
November, 1993, by FATHER JOSEPH McNAMARA.
JOAN C. THORN, NOTARY PUBLIC
Jefferson County, State of Missouri
My Commission Expires March 9, 1996