MO - Archbishop loses at appeal court
Archbishop loses at appeals court
Victim is “a step closer” to getting 115 accused predators’ names
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
St. Louis’ Catholic archbishop lost his bid today to overturn a judge’s ruling so he will soon have to turn over to a young woman and her lawyer the names of accused church employees who are credibly accused of molesting kids.
The decision means that St. Louis Judge Robert Dierker’s original order stands and Archbishop Robert Carlson must give the names to an alleged victim and her attorney, Ken Chackes of St. Louis.
Carlson has successfully delayed the disclosure for more than seven months. Carlson’s legal conduct, Dierker wrote, “borders on if not amounts to contempt.”
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are applauding the ruling.
“We are grateful that this brave young woman is persisting and that the appeals court says Catholic officials must follow the same rules as other defendants in child sex abuse cases,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director.
The girl, who was sexually violated for years (until around 2000) by Fr. Joseph D. Ross at St. Cronan’s parish in the city, is represented by attorneys Ken Chackes and Nicole Gorovsky. She filed her civil suit in 2011.
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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.
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