A St. Louis priest, recently arrested for allegedly molesting a boy, has apparently been sent to a retirement home in Shrewsbury in a residential neighborhood. That facility has come under fire for being too close to unsuspecting families and having inadequate supervision for sex offenders.
The priest is Fr. Charles Robert Manning. Though he’s from St. Louis and has spent most of his clerical career here, in recent years, he’s been in Colorado Springs, where he faces criminal charges.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports today that Manning is at a retirement home for priests in suburban St. Louis. We suspect – but aren’t certain- that’s Regina Cleri in Shrewsbury, where other pedophile priests are kept and have been kept in the past.
We call on Archbishop Carlson to disclose Manning’s whereabouts and use his bully pulpit and vast resources to beg anyone with knowledge or suspicions of Manning’s crimes to call police immediately.
We’re worried that Archbishop Carlson is continuing Archbishop Burke’s reckless pattern of secretly importing proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics from other places into St. Louis, keeping them near kids and providing little or no meaningful supervision for them.
We hope that Carlson will stop, or at least explain, this troubling practice. And we hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds will call law enforcement officials.
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