Fr. John Francis Stein – Archdiocese of Denver

| Apr 28, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father John Francis Stein

Archdiocese of Denver

Ordained: Unknown

Laicized: Unknown

Died: 2001

Assigned as follows:

  • 1944-1945: St. Vincent de Paul (Denver, CO)
  • 1950:           Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1946:           Unknown
  • 1951-1952: St. John the Evangelist (Loveland, CO)
  • 1947:           Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1953-1958: St. Catherine of Siena’s (Iliff, CO)
  • 1948:           Unknown
  • 1959-2000: Unknown
  • 1949:           Sacred Heart (Cheyenne Wells, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Francis Stein:

Father John Francis Stein served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. According to media reports, one man says Father John Francis Stein sexually abused him hundreds of times over a 3-year period in the 1950s at St. Catherine of Siena parish in the plains town of Iliff. The victim says that the abuse began in 1953 when he was only 10 years old.

Stein took the victim and others on many overnight trips and told the boy “what a really special kid” he was. The priest gave the 10-year-old victim alcohol and cigarettes and let him drive the priest’s new car. The abuse began with back rubs and turned to molestation over time.

When the victim initially complained to the Archdiocese of Denver in 1991, he was initially told there were no records of a Father Stein. When he persisted, they eventually said that he had been laicized and could not do anything to help the victim.

After 5 years of back and forth with the church, the victim eventually settled a claim in 1996 with a very strict confidentiality agreement.

In the spring of 1956, it was rumored that Father Stein got caught trying to lure a junior-high girl into his car. The police took him to the station not knowing they were taking a priest in for questioning, because he did not have on the black suit and Roman collar. After questioning Father Stein and realizing they had the priest from Iliff, the police called Father Kane, the pastor at St. Anthony’s in Sterling, the parish a few blocks away from the police station. Father Kane reportedly went to the station, collected Stein, and the matter was squashed.

In October 2018, the Colorado Attorney General released a detailed report of a special investigation into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations by Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses.  They identified three documented complaints of abuse in Stein’s personnel file.  Stein was actually criminally prosecuted for his abuse of two of the men.  All three victims knew Stein from St. Catherine of Siena.

Stein died in Colorado in 2001.

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