St. Louis' most prolific predator priest is sued again
Michael McGrath has molested more St. Louis kids than any other Catholic priest, nun, brother or seminarian. Still, he walks free, largely because his church supervisors protected him for years.
It's tragic that Archbishop Carlson does nothing to warn the public about McGrath or help police pursue him.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Man sues St. Louis Archdiocese and priest for sexual abuse in 1970s
ST. LOUIS • A man filed a lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court this week against the St. Louis Archdiocese and the priest he says sexually molested him as an altar boy in the 1970s at St. Ferdinand Catholic Parish in Florissant.
The priest, Michael S. McGrath, has been sued at least 20 times by people alleging abuse. He was ordained in 1975, removed from public ministry in 1997 and laicized in 2005. He served in parishes and schools in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.
The newest lawsuit, filed Thursday by a John Doe, names McGrath, the archdiocese, and Archbishop Robert Carlson.
It said that beginning in late 1976, the plaintiff became an altar boy in the parish. It says McGrath picked him up from his house under the guise that he needed an altar boy to help him perform last rites. McGrath sexually abused the plaintiff in the visiting room of the nursing home where he was to perform the last rites, the suit says.
Another incident happened in the rectory during a seminary recruitment, when McGrath forced the plaintiff to perform oral sex on him and McGrath performed oral sex on the plaintiff.
The suit says the archbishop and archdiocese became aware of the abuse after 2006 but failed to report it to police, parishioners, families and other victims.
The man is seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress, negligence, and failure to supervise clergy.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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