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Wells v. Janssen and Diocese of Davenport


* Plaintiff's Statement of Disputed Facts in Resistance to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment

* 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 James N. Wells   2003-11-25      
1A Letter confronting abuser James N. Wells Fr. James M. Janssen 1987-02-23      
1B Letter: Denial by priest and threat to sue accuser Edward N. Wehr, attorney for Fr. James M. Janssen James N. Wells 1987-02-25      
1C Letter: could diocese send report to AZ? Margie J. Wells, complainant's mother Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General 1988-01-12      
1D Letter: Diocese will follow-up and report results James N. Wells Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General 1988-01-13      
1E Letter with copies of letters to abuser and from attorney James N. Wells Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General 1988-03-14      
2 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
3 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
4 Letter: Pep talk and practical advice re: "matter of swimming" Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1953-08-01 JJ 82  
5 Notes: student "solicited to acts of impurity" -- first known documented complaint against Janssen Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1954-09-30 J 14  
6 Note: police are inquiring about Janssen Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1955-10-14 J 34  
7 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  
8 Letter: improper activity with boys at YMCA George J. Alward, YMCA Secretary, Newton IA Diocese 1956-11-02 J 20  
9 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  
10 Handwritten lists: Janssen's misdeeds and new restrictions Believed to be Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File Undated J 22  
11 Letter telling Janssen to "leave the diocese immediately" Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1956-11-09 JJ 105  
12 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  
13 Letter: psychological analysis and advice J.V.P. Stewart, Consulting Psychologist, Loyola University, Chicago Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1957-08-24      
14 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  
15 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, Psychologist, Loyola University, Chicago 1958-08-18 JJ 124  
16 Letter: IL pastor reports intercepted letters between 14-year-old and Fr. James M. Janssen (see Exhibits 38C and 38D) Believed to be Fr. M.A. Henehan, Hinsdale IL Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1958-09-29 J 50 51
17 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      
18 Letter: Janssen suspended from ministry Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1958-10-03 J 55  
19 Attestation: chancellor swears in writing to keep Fr. James M. Janssen case secret Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor File 1958-10-03 J 57  
20 Handwritten notes: Janssen confesses guilt Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1958-10-03 J 59  
21 Handwritten note: Janssen assigned to new parish, with restrictions Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1959-01-22 J 13  
22 Handwritten note: Janssen taking boys swimming and to drive-ins Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1959-09-04 J 7  
23 Letter: Janssen seen molesting boy outside of church Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1959-12-28 J 8  
24 Memo listing "improper activities" Unsigned File undated JJ 340  
25 Letter: Dr. reports mother in tears about son's relationship with Janssen Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1960-09-08 J 23  
26 Handwritten notes: Janssen's denials Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-09-10 J 26  
27 Letter of warning Bishop Ralph L. Hayes Fr. James M. Janssen 1960-09-10 J 27  
28 Notes: Two mothers' complaints Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-12-16 J 5  
29 Notes: Janssen denies wrongdoing Bishop Ralph L. Hayes File 1960-12-19 J 6  
30 Letter: Worries about mother going to police Fr. Maurice J. Dingman, Chancellor Bishop Ralph L. Hayes 1961-02-10 JJ 140  
31 Letter: Vicar after hearing James Wells' "life story" Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Fr. James M. Janssen 1988-01-13 JJ 264  
32 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
33 Letter: Accepting resignation as Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Fr. James M. Janssen 1990-07-31 JJ 283  
34 Diocese's Supplemental Answer to Interrogatory No. 11, citing multiple victims Diocese Attorneys for James N. Wells        
35 Affidavit Affiant from Denver CO   2003-07-21      
36 Affidavit Affiant from Scott County IA (I)   2004-04-30      
37 Affidavit Affiant from Ventura CA   2004-01-13      
38 Affidavit Affiant from Broome County NY   2004-04-03      
38A Photo of Broome County survivor as 6th-grade altar boy     1956      
38B Photo of Broome County survivor in 8th grade, giving "the finger," "sense of religion for the most part gone"     1958.00      
38C Letter intercepted by mother, to Janssen from Broome County survivor as 14-year-old Affiant from Broome County NY Fr. James M. Janssen 1958-09 J 46  
38D Letter from Janssen, intercepted by mother Fr. James M. Janssen Affiant from Broome County NY 1958-09 J 48  
39 Affidavit Affiant from Texas   2004-04-27      
40 Affidavit Affiant from Scott County IA (II)   2004-05-12      
41 Affidavit Affiant from Douglas County NE   2003-12-15      
42 Affidavit Affiant from Tulsa OK   2003-08-26      
43 Affidavit (with excerpt of Baltimore Catechism) John Doe III   2004-05-11      
44 Answer to Defendant's Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe IV          
45 Answer to Defendant's Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe I-A          
46 Answer to Defendant's Interrogatory No. 2 John Doe II          
47 Petition at Law, Donald Green vs. Fr. James Janssen and Diocese Plaintiff and attorneys District Court, Clinton City IA 2003-11-17      
48 Excerpts from Catechism            
49 Response to Requests for Admissions Fr. James M. Janssen, via attorney Plaintiff John Doe II and attorneys 2003-11-21      
50 Response to Requests for Admissions Fr. James M. Janssen, via attorney Plaintiff John Doe II and attorneys 2003-11-21      
51 Response to Requests for Admissions Fr. James M. Janssen, via attorney Plaintiff John Doe II and attorneys 2003-11-21      
52 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 23 Fr. James M. Janssen   2003-11-21      
53 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 24 Fr. James M. Janssen Plaintiff John Doe II and attorneys 2003-11-21      
54 Answer to Plaintiff's Interrogatory No. 29 Fr. James M. Janssen Plaintiff John Doe II and attorneys 2003-11-21      
55 Answer to Supplemental Interrogatory No. 1 Att'y for Plaintiff Diocese        
56 Envelope: "Bishop's Eyes Only" Fr. McAleer, St. Mary's, Ft. Madison IA Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe 1990-07-23 JJ 282  
57 Letter: Accepting resignation as Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting Bishop Gerald F. O'Keefe Fr. James M. Janssen 1990-07-31 JJ 283  
58 Letter imposing restrictions Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Fr. James M. Janssen 1996-04-01 JJ 366  
59 Letter stating that Janssen is not available to assist other priests Msgr. Michael J. Morrissey, Vicar General Davenport priests 1996-05-24 JJ 306  
60 Letter describing limited activities permitted to Janssen Bishop William Franklin Fr. James M. Janssen 1997-02-05 JJ 312  
61 Article: Janssen trying to become world's oldest lifeguard     2000-08-04 JJ 324 325
62 "Precept" restricting Fr. James M. Janssen's activities Bishop William Franklin and Vice-Chancellor Wolf Fr. James M. Janssen via Vicar General Drake Shafer 2000-08-30 JJ 327  
63 News conference packet Diocese News media 2004-02-25      
64 Affidavit Parishioner, SS. Philip & James Parish, Grand Mound IA   2004-04-16      
65 Affidavit in Law No. 101220 Dr. Mark Schwartz   2004-03-15      
66 Affidavit Mic Hunter, Psy. D., L.P.   2004-11-25      


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

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