Fr. Leonard R. Chambers

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Bernard Law, then Bishop of the Springfield diocese, responded to a 1981 allegation against Chambers by sending him for extended treatment and then reassigning him to two other parishes. Chambers was placed on restrictions in the mid-1990s by Bishop Leibrecht. Permanently removed from ministry in 1998 after violating the order forbidding him to be alone with any child. He had worked in total of 22 parishes. Not indexed in Official Catholic Directory after 2002, and is last known to have been living in Joplin. Per the diocese’s list in 11/18, Chambers was laicized in 2006.


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