MO - Catholic archbishop admits 115 St. Louis church staff accused of abuse

MO - Catholic archbishop admits 115 St. Louis church staff accused of abuse

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell,SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Catholic archbishop admits 115 St. Louis church staff accused of abuse

Revelation comes in a new court filing that church officials wanted to be kept secret

A legal document filed late yesterday by the St. Louis Catholic archdiocese reveals that 115 church employees have been accused of child sexual abuse.

Lawyers Archbishop Robert Carlson asked that the document be kept secret. But a Missouri appeals court disagreed. It is available on CaseNet. (ED 100882) and on the SNAP website:

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This is more than double the number of previously known predators in the archdiocese. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believe the real number of predatory priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers, and other church employees is substantially higher.

“On a well-documented and widely-respected website called BishopAccountability.org, there are 52 names of local child molesting clerics,” said SNAP’s Barbara Dorris. “So Carlson is hiding more predators than have been exposed over decades of disclosures. In other words, local parents and parishioners know fewer than half of the proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics than the archdiocese does.”

“For the safety of kids, Carlson should post on church websites the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of every last one of these individuals, starting with those who are alive and have never been ‘outed’ before,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “.”

The figure comes in an appeal sought by Carlson to delay having to turn over predators’ names to attorneys representing a 20 year old woman who says she was repeatedly molested by Fr. Joseph D. Ross at St. Cronan’s parish in St. Louis city.

The plaintiff’s attorney is Ken Chackes of St. Louis.

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  • commented 2014-01-03 19:56:11 -0600
    So when will the others join us and do something about this because commenting is not enough. Get organized people, in the name of God they hide the most sick of all crimes against innocent children, right under our noses.
    I dont know about hou folks but I am beyond sick of hearing complaining about how bad it is from people that still drop money in the collection baskets. Get back to the God and Christ within and abandon these parasites that ruin, absolutely ruin lives and spread their hate… The exact opposite of what Christ was about. We are talking about children being raped here by grown men and women. Please take a few moments and do the right thing, get organized and put these sick evil minions behind bars. You better believe I am proud of my tax dollars going in that direction… Not for someone who had a bag of pot and they are now behind bars doing 20 years when these rapists are out on the streets in a few months to a year???
    Read about Monsignor Lynn and his release after being found guilty of shuffling known pedo priests for years. He did one year… If you arent angry, you are asleep!
  • commented 2014-01-03 17:17:54 -0600
    For son reason I feel a lot of Catholics are hearing about priests they knew and maybe even loved, just as I found out 13 years a go about my little parish in Scottsdale Az. had 5 pedophiles there t hat. we all knew very well and never would have suspected they would do such hidieous things to our very own parish children. But they did and are still operating their evil on children through out the Catholic world. I HOPE IT HAS SHOCKED THEM so much, that THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!! NOW!!!!!!