Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Francis E. 1948 P Sued Diocesan Accused of abusing many boys and sharing his victims with Revs Janssen, Geerts, and James W Murphy. Trained at Kenrick Seminary in St Louis (as did they), Bass was Director of Vocations and on Personnel Board for 15 years. Dean of Grinnell deanery for a year. Chaplain at Ottumwa Heights College. Bishop Hayes first learned Bass was connected with Janssen's abuse of children in 1958. The earliest alleged abuse by Bass that is known dates to late 1950s. Set to retire in 1992 when diocese received allegation preserved in file. A 1974 allegation was not included in the released file. Accused by 2 alleged victims of taking them to the Cook County Morgue; alleged to have brought victims to his family farm in NE. First suit filed 2003. Settlements in 2004 and 2006. As of 7/14/08, the diocese stated Bass was accused of abusing 18 male minors. Requested that Bass be laicized but announced on 1/18/05 that the CDF had ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance. Died 9/18/14. Davenport, IA Source:
Letter to Bishop in Bass File 06.29.92; Des Moines Register 10.01.03; Quad-City Times 10.31.03; Quad-City Times 11.24.03; Des Moines Register 02.06.04; Quad-City Times 02.24.04; Des Moines Register 03.18.04; John Doe III Statement and Documents 05.14.04; Brief etc of John Doe II 07.15.04; Quad-City Times 10.29.04; WQAD 01.18.05; Quad-City Times 05.17.05; Quad-City Times 07.25.05; Des Moines Register 07.26.05; Des Moines Register (AP) 02.16.06; Iowa City Press-Citizen 02.11.08; Quad-City Times 07.10.08; Catholic Messenger 07.17.08; Quad-City Times 07.18.08; Diocese of Davenport List 05.14.09; Meyer Brothers 09.18.14
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