Come to the Stable

The Stephen Spalding Foundation

1 December 2009

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation questions honors to long-time St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary faculty member Msgr. Louis McCorkle. McCorkle should address the victimization of St. Thomas students by the former rector, Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell, and demonstrate support for survivors of the clergy abuse scandal at the high school seminary. You may review our statement by clicking here.

16 October 2006

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation has asked Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach, Florida, to participate in the Diocese’s Protecting God’s Children program.  He has not responded to our letter.

24 October 2006

Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation has asked Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Missouri, to support our effort. You may review our corresponsdence to the Bishop by clicking here. You may review the Bishop's response to our letter by clicking here.

24 October 2004

Sexual Abuse Victims Settle Cases Against Bishop
Top Cleric Now Lives Comfortably in South Carolina
He Still Faces Other Molestation Lawsuits
Was First Bishop To Resign When Scandal Broke in 2002

Two former seminarians have settled their civil sex abuse lawsuits against a Catholic bishop who publicly resigned after admitting that he molested at least one young boy.

Matthew Cosby of St. Louis and Michael J. Wegs of Minneapolis, Minn. announced today that they have agreed to settle their civil suits against Anthony J. O'Connell, the former bishop of Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., and a priest with the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo., where the suit originated. O'Connell now lives at Mepkin Abbey, just north of Charleston, South Carolina.  For more information, click here.

6 May 2004

Former Seminarians Ask Bishop to Open Priest Personnel Files 

  • High School Seminary Target of 14 Civil Suits; 30-50 Abuse Allegations
  • Missouri Diocese Ranks Third Nationwide in Missing Rogue Priests
  • Jefferson City Mayor and State Representative Asked to Support Effort

Three men who attended a Missouri high school seminary in the 1970s and 1980s have asked the Roman Catholic Church to open priest personnel files and conduct an official investigation into the numerous sexual abuse allegations filed against the faculty and other clergy affiliated with the educational institution. For more information, click here.

2 February 2003

Former St. Thomas Seminary O'Connell students ask Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Knoxville, Tennessee, to remove O'Connell photographs from schools. For more information, click here.