Tag: Diocese of Charleston

Fr. John H. Dux – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father John H. Dux 

Diocese of St. Augustine

John Dux

Ordained: 1973

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1974: Parochial Vicar St. Paul Parish (Jacksonville, FL)
  • 1973-1974: Religion Teacher Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville, FL) 
  • 1974-1977: Parochial Vicar St. Patrick Parish (Gainesville, FL)
  • 1977-1983: Administrator St. Madeleine Sophie Parish (High Springs, FL)
  • 1983-1985: Pastor St. Madeleine Sophie Parish (High Springs, FL)
  • 1985-1998: Chaplain United States Navy 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John H. Dux:

Fr. John Dux was ordained a priest in 1973. Dux worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine until 1985. He was a US Navy chaplain from 1985-1998. He was also living and assisting in the Diocese of Charleston for a short time. 

In 2019, the Diocese of St. Augustine received a complaint that Fr. Dux sexually abused a minor in 1976 when Dux worked at St. Patrick Parish in Gainesville, FL. His faculties were removed immediately, pending investigation. However, due to the statute of limitations in Florida, the state did not initiate an investigation.

In 2020, the Diocesan Review Board determined that the allegations against Dux were deemed credible. The Diocese of St. Augustine notified the Diocese of Charleston, where Father Dux was residing and assisting in ministry. The Archdiocese for Military Services-USA was also notified of his status.

In 2021, the victim shared his story of the abuse publically for the first time. He stated that when he was a 13-year old altar boy at St. Patrick’s in Gainesville. He states that Father Dux groomed him for abuse and worked his way into the family. Dux asked the victim’s mother if he could take him to the state fair that year, to which she agreed. Dux took him back to a hotel after the fair and fed him drugs and alcohol. The victim stated that he recalls turning around in an instant, and Dux was naked. He stated, “He performed oral sex on me, tried to hold me down and make me perform oral sex on him.”

Since the initial investigation began, investigators realized that this wasn’t Dux’s only victim. A “confidential report” from 2008 detailed allegations of sexual abuse to a minor in High Springs, where Dux served the parish after leaving Gainesville. According to the report, the Diocesan Review Board concluded the boy “has been a victim of clergy abuse.”

The public statement prompted another man to contact the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese in St. Augustine, stating that he was abused by Dux at St. Madeleine Sophie in High Springs in 1980-1982.

Although Dux can’t be sued in court due to the statute of limitations, he was removed from ministry. According to a press release from the Diocese of St. Augustine,

“After reviewing the case, the Holy See took into consideration the age of Father Dux, his poor health, and the fact that the statutes of limitations have passed to initiate a canonical trial. The church’s law in this regard is similar to our civil law in the United States. That being said, the Holy See did support Bishop Estevez’s decision to remove the priestly faculties of Father Dux, which prevents him from exercising his priestly ministry, and prohibits him from presenting himself as a priest and from wearing his clerical attire.”

Fr. Dux was included on the Diocese of Charleston list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse. Dux was also included on the Diocese of St. Augustine’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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Time for Catholic Bishops to Be Transparent About All Alleged Abusers

This is the story of two US Catholic bishops and a simple word: “transparency.”

One is the just-installed head of the Springfield MA diocese, Bishop Bill Byrne. The other is a New York native who now heads the South Carolina diocese, Bishop Robert Guglielmone.

These two prelates apparently differ radically in their interpretation of the word ‘transparency.’   Both of course have pledged, as has every single Catholic bishop for the last 20 years, to be ‘transparent’ in abuse cases.

Let’s start with Bryne.

Before he even took office, he promised to release the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics even if the abuse reports against them came after they were dead.
The purpose, he said, is so that “true healing can begin.”   “It’s not a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity to be able to provide people with the information that they need so that we can begin to bring healing to the victims,” Byrne explained.

He apparently has an appropriate and expansive view of who the victims of clergy sex abuse are: “When we talk about victims, we’re not just talking about the individual that experienced the devastation at the hands of somebody who should have been protecting them — a clergy person, or someone who worked for the church. We’re talking about their mom or dad. Their brothers and sisters. Their best friends.”

Good for Byrne. That’s real transparency – releasing the names of ALL predators. This should be common practice among bishops, but sadly, is not. Many of them split hairs, arguing that it’s unfair to ‘out’ deceased predators who can’t defend themselves.

“It’s not one hole in the ice, it’s a crack that spreads through the entire unit of the family and friends and the community. The tentacles go deep,” he said. “If we’re ever going to begin to heal, then the first step is, we have to be honest. We have to lay this out. … Transparency and communication. That’s what people are asking of us.”

And, we at Horowitz Law would add, that’s also what police, prosecutors, parents, parishioners and the public also DESERVE.

https://www.wnpr.org/post/springfields-new-chronically-hopeful-bishop-pledges-transparency-abuse

The diocese’s spokesman predicts the move – which is to be made public early next year – “will amount to a significant addition to our current list.”
Chancery staffer Jeffrey Trant echoed the bishop’s thinking: “Publishing the names of all credibly accused clerics provides survivors with information that may help with their healing process,” Trant said.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/in-shift-springfield-diocese-will-name-all-credibly-accused-priests/article_672cfed6-3bf5-11eb-86e8-c3ed2f96ed03.html

Good for Bryne, Trant and everyone involved in this transparency.

On the other hand, there’s Bishop Robert Guglielmone. He’s accused of molesting a child but he now says

—the Vatican has cleared him of wrongdoing,

—Rome has sent him a letter in which it claims that the sexual abuse allegation against (him) has no semblance of truth and is thus unfounded,”

—an unnamed law firm hired by Catholic leaders in New York investigated the allegations and provided its findings to the Vatican, but

—Guglielmone’s legal team claimed it has a sworn statement from a family member of the accuser that bolsters their defense, and

—the bishop’s lawyers said the accuser admitted that he made up the allegations in order to get money from the church.

In the news article that details much of this notes that “efforts to reach attorneys for Guglielmone were not immediately successful.”  Here’s the problem: none of this is ‘transparent.’ None of it has been released to the press or the public. Not the letter from the Vatican. Not the supposed sworn statement from the accuser’s relative. Not the so-called ‘investigation’ by New York church officials. Not even the name of the lawyers who conducted that purported probe.

In fact, Guglielmone is even keeping his own staff in the dark about this. His current press secretary, Michael Acquilano, said “Charleston church officials do not know the name of the law firm that investigated the matter and haven’t seen a copy of the investigative report.”

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sc-bishop-says-vatican-has-cleared-himof-sexual-abuse-allegation/article_26db3ea8-3815-11eb-9363-dbaa3da23510.html

It’s such a simple word: transparency. It’s so disappointing that unlike Byrne of Massachusetts, most bishops aren’t even transparent with the names of all the predator priests. And it’s so disappointing that most bishops, like Guglielmone of South Carolina, transparency goes out the window when they themselves are accused.