Four Gallup clerics included in sex claim

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Gallup Independent correspondent
April 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – A new clergy sex abuse lawsuit, filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Thursday, alleges the archdiocese failed to include more than 40 credibly accused sex abusers on its list of abusers, including four Catholic clerics who worked in the Diocese of Gallup.

Levi A. Monagle, an attorney with the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall in Albuquerque, filed the lawsuit Thursday in New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of “John Doe 80,” a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Robert Galli at St. Anne’s Parish in southwest Albuquerque.

The law firm released the names of 43 clerics in both the lawsuit and a news release issued Friday. The firm alleges the 43 names were omitted from the list of 74 credibly accused sex abusers that Archbishop John C. Wester publicly released in September 2017, “despite being credibly accused of abuse and spending significant time in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe – often at Servants of the Paraclete treatment facilities in Jemez Springs and Albuquerque.” The law firm also claims a number of the men had ministry assignments in the archdiocese.

“The Archdiocese continues to present the people of New Mexico with half-truths masquerading as transparency, particularly with respect to the vast number of abusive priests brought into the state by the Servants of the Paraclete,” Monagle said in the news release. Although the law firm stated it did not include the names of accused clerics primarily affiliated with the Diocese of Las Cruces or the Diocese of Gallup, its list does include the names of the following four men who had ministry assignments in the Gallup Diocese, including one Franciscan friar not on Gallup’s list of credibly accused abusers.

-William G. Allison: Originally from the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, Allison was accused of abuse while working in Flagstaff, Arizona, which was once part of the Diocese of Gallup. Allison received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. The Gallup Diocese includes Allison on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-Crispin Butz: This Franciscan friar was named as an accused abuser by a claimant in the Diocese of Gallup’s bankruptcy case. However, Butz and four other clerics named as alleged abusers in the bankruptcy case have yet to be added to the Diocese of Gallup’s abuser list. According to the new lawsuit, Butz received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility.

-Mark Schornack: According to records released in a recent clergy sex abuse lawsuit in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Franciscan brother was admitted to the Franciscan order while he was a patient of the Servants of the Paraclete. Although he spent much of his life working at Catholic missions on the Navajo Nation, Schornack had at least one ministry assignment in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, at Jemez Pueblo. The Gallup Diocese includes Schornack on its list of credibly accused abusers.

-John Thomas Sullivan: Originally from the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, this notorious serial abuser worked in several Arizona parishes in the Diocese of Gallup. Sullivan received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs.

An internet search of the 43 names indicates that all have been accused of sex abuse and many have been named as credibly accused abusers by other Catholic dioceses or religious orders. Some were even arrested and imprisoned. Added to Wester’s earlier list of 74 credibly accused abusers, the new names would total 117 abusers associated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Names of 43 accused clerics

Andrew Christian Anderson

William G. Allison

Thomas Behnke

Gustavo Benson

Robert Brouillette, aka Robert Sullivan

Crispin Butz

Joseph L. Clauss

Daniel Calabrese

John H. Dawson

Louis E. Douglas

John F. Fitzpatrick

Ronald L. Fontenot, aka Jean Paul Fontenot

James A. Forsythe

John J. Fallon

Peter E. Garcia

Charles J. Gormley

Richard Galdon

John F. Harrold

Mel W. Hermanns

Stanley D. Idziak

Rudy Kos

David J. Kelley

James Walter Lent

Gale Leifeld

Joseph P. Lessard

Lawrence Joseph Lovell

Gordon MacRae

Francis Xavier Markey

Tom McConnell

John B. Modica

Peter B. Murphy

Robert Daniel Nikliborc

John G. Pisarcik

Franz Robier

David Roll

John R. Russell

Mark Schornack, aka Mark Schomack

Carmen Sita, aka Gerald Howard

John Slown

Michael John Stevens

John Thomas Sullivan

Joseph Theisen

Michael Trainor



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