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Davenport Archives:
John Doe III v. Janssen, Bass, Geerts, and Diocese of Davenport


* Plaintiff's Statement of Disputed Facts in Resistance to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (with 69 exhibits, including diocesan documents)

* Plaintiff's Memorandum of Authorities in Support of Resistance to Defendants' Motions for Summary Judgment


Plaintiff's Statement of Disputed Facts in Resistance to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, May 14, 2004

Exhibit Description From To Date Bates From To
1 Affidavit (Law No. 101428) John Doe III   2004-05-11      
2[a] Letter informing bishop of abuse John Doe III Bishop William E. Franklin 1998-07-27 JJ 316  
2[b] Bishop's reply Bishop William E. Franklin John Doe III 1998-07-27   317  
3 Letter: Seminary evaluation of Janssen's character Marion L. Gibbons, Director of Students, Kenrick Seminary Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1948-03-26 JJ 63 64
4 Letter: Janssen on verge of breakdown, primary interest is youth Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Vice-Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1953-07-14 JJ 78 79
5 Letter: Pep talk and practical advice re: "matter of swimming" Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1953-08-01 JJ 82  
6 Notes: student "solicited to acts of impurity" -- first known documented complaint against Janssen Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1954-09-30 J 14  
7 Note: police are inquiring about Janssen Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1955-10-14 J 34  
8 Letter from Janssen's pastor: "there have been some rumors" Fr. T.J. McCann, Sacred Heart Parish, Newton IA Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1955-10-21 JJ 102  
9 Letter: improper activity with boys at YMCA George J. Alward, YMCA Secretary, Newton IA Diocese 1956-11-02 J 20  
10 Letter about Janssen being banned from YMCA Harley Holliday, YMCA General Secretary, Newton IA Fr. T. J. McCann, Sacred Heart Parish, Newton IA 1956-11-02 J 18  
11 Handwritten lists: Janssen's misdeeds and new restrictions Believed to be Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File Undated J 22  
12 Letter telling Janssen to "leave the diocese immediately" Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1956-11-09 JJ 105  
13 Letter: Janssen "definitely will need psychotherapy" William J. Devlin, S.J., M.D., Loyola University, Chicago Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1957-05-31 JJ 111  
14 Letter: psychological analysis and advice J.V.P. Stewart, Consulting Psychologist, Loyola University, Chicago Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1957-08-24      
15 Letter: One-year follow-up from psychologist J.V.P. Stewart, Consulting Psychologist, Loyola University, Chicago Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1958-08-12 JJ 123  
16 Letter: Bishop Ralph L. Hayes's reply to Dr. J.V.P. Stewart's 8/12/58 letter Bishop Ralph L. Hayes J.V.P. Stewart, Consulting Psychologist, Loyola University, Chicago 1958-08-18 JJ 124  
17[1] Letter: IL pastor sends intercepted letters between 14-year-old and Fr. James M. Janssen Believed to be Fr. M.A. Henehan, Hinsdale IL Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1958-09-29 J 45-48 50 - 51
17[2] Letter about sexual activities Author of Exhibit 39 Fr. James M. Janssen        
17[3] Letter about sex, Bass, and driving up to "see you soon" Fr. James M. Janssen Author of Exhibit 39 1958-09-23      
18 Letter: Bishop Ralph L. Hayes's reply to IL pastor's 9/29/58 letter Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. M.A. Henehan, Hinsdale IL 1958-10-01      
19 Letter suspending Janssen from ministry Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1958-10-03 J 55  
20 Attestation: chancellor swears to keep Jansen case secret Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor File 1958-10-03 J 57  
21 Handwritten notes: Janssen confesses guilt Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1958-10-03 J 59  
22 Handwritten note: Janssen assigned to new parish, with restrictions Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1959-01-22 J 13  
23 Handwritten note: Fr. James M. Janssen taking boys swimming and to drive-ins Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1959-09-04 J 7  
24 Letter: Janssen seen molesting boy outside of church Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1959-12-28 J 8  
25 Memo listing "improper activities" Unsigned File Undated JJ 340  
26 Letter: Dr. reports mother in tears about son's relationship with Janssen Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1960-09-08 J 23  
27 Handwritten notes: Janssen's denials Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-09-10 J 26  
28 Letter of warning Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1960-09-10 J 27  
29 Notes: Two mothers' complaints Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-12-16 J 5  
30 Handwritten notes: Janssen denies wrongdoing Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-12-19 J 6  
31 Letter: Worries about mother going to police Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1961-02-10 JJ 140  
32 Letter: Vicar after hearing James Wells' "life story" Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Fr. James M. Janssen 1988-01-13 JJ 264  
33 Memo: History of what 4 priests have known and heard about Janssen Fr. McAleer, St. Mary's, Ft. Madison IA Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe 1990-07-23 JJ 279 281
34 Letter accepting Janssen's resignation as Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Fr. James M. Janssen 1990-07-31 JJ 283  
35 Diocese's Supplemental Answer to Interrogatory No. 11, citing multiple victims Diocese Attorneys for James N. Wells        
36 Affidavit Affiant from Denver CO   2003-07-21      
37 Affidavit Affiant from Scott County IA (I)   2004-04-30      
38 Affidavit Affiant from Ventura CA   2004-01-13      
39 Affidavit Affiant from Broome County NY   2004-04-03      
39A Photo of Broome County survivor as 6th-grade altar boy            
39B Photo of Broome County survivor in 8th grade, giving "the finger," "sense of religion for the most part gone"            
39C Letter intercepted by mother, to Janssen from Broome County survivor as 14-year-old       J 46  
39D Letter from Janssen, intercepted by mother       J 48  
40 Affidavit Affiant from Texas   2004-04-27      
41 Affidavit Affiant from Scott County IA (II)   2004-05-12      
42 Affidavit Affiant from Douglas County NE   2003-12-15      
43 Affidavit Affiant from Tulsa, OK   2003-08-26      
44 Answer to Defendants' Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe IV          
45 Answer to Defendants' Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe I-A          
46 Answer to Defendants' Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe II          
47 Petition At Law (Law No. LA29990) Donald J. Green and attorneys   2003-11-17      
48 Letter and envelope: allegation against Francis Bass Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe 1992-06-29 Bass 105 107
49 Affidavit Survivor of abuse by Bass, Scott County IA   2003-02-23      
50A Letter: Request to share residence and duties with Janssen Fr. T. Anthony Geerts Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe 1969-02-26      
50B Letter: Permission to celebrate Mass Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Fr. T. Anthony Geerts 1991-12-18 G 107  
51A Letter: Geerts in trouble with the law Bishop Daniel F. Walsh of Reno-Las Vegas Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe 1992-12-21      
51B Letter: Geerts must stop celebrating Mass Fr. James L. Swenson, Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas Fr. T. Anthony Geerts 1992-12-15 JJ    
52 Letter: Notification that Geerts is living in diocese Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Bishop Leo T. Maher of San Diego 1970-12-11      
53 Diocese's Answer to Supplemental Interrogatory No. 1 (finding combination to the safe containing secret archives)            
54 Envelope, "Bishop's Eyes Only" Fr. McAleer, St. Mary's, Ft. Madison IA Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe   JJ 282  
55 Letter accepting resignation as Diocesan Chaplain for Boy Scouts Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Fr. James M. Janssen 1990-07-31 JJ 283  
56 Letter imposing restrictions Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Fr. James M. Janssen 1996-04-01 JJ 306  
57 Note: Janssen not available to assist at parishes Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Active priests in Davenport diocese ;1996-05-24 JJ 306  
58 Letter listing "priestly activities" still "permitted" to Janssen Bishop William E. Franklin Fr. James M. Janssen 1997-02-05 JJ 312  
59 Article: Janssen trying to become world's oldest lifeguard Lee Nelson, Quad-City Times   2000-08-04 JJ 324 325
60 "Precept" restricting Janssen's activities Bishop William E. Franklin and Vice-Chancellor Wolf Fr. James M. Janssen via Vicar General Drake Shafer 2000-08-30 JJ 327  
61 News conference packet Diocese News media 2004-02-25      
62 Affidavit Parishioner, SS. Philip & James Parish, Grand Mound IA   2004-04-16      
63 Response to Plaintiff's Request for Admissions, Law No. 101428 Edward N. Wehr for Fr. James M. Janssen John Doe III and attorney 2004-05-12      
64 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 4 Francis E. Bass          
65 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 12 Francis E. Bass          
66 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 19 Francis E. Bass          
67 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 21 Francis E. Bass          
68 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 22 Francis E. Bass          
69 Affidavit  Dr. Mark Schwartz   2004-05-14      



Plaintiff's Memorandum of Authorities in Support of Resistance to Defendants' Motions for Summary Judgment, May 14, 2004

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