Victims leaflet outside parish on Sunday
They reach out to other child sex victims
Group suspects more were hurt by priest
He faces criminal prosecution & civil lawsuit
St. Louis archbishop is accused of recent cover up
SNAP urges Carlson to “aggressively help police build case”
As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will hand out fliers about serious recent allegations that a Chinese priest allegedly repeatedly molested a girl and new allegations that an archbishop broke the law trying to cover up the priest’s crimes.
The leaflets urge local Catholics to
--ask their loved ones if they were hurt by the cleric (and urge them to get help), and
--report anything they know, see or hear about the cleric’s crimes to police officials, not church officials.
The fliers also ask parishioners to urge Archbishop Robert Carlson to
--personally address both allegations – of crimes and cover ups, and not “hide behind defense lawyers and public relations staffers,” and
--give the deposition sought by prosecutors and not ask for any further delays.
The victims will also prod anyone who many have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups - at this parish or others - to come forward, get help, expose predators, protect kids, deter wrongdoing and start healing.
When: Sunday, July 21 at 10:50
Where: Outside the Cathedral Basilica (new cathedral) 4431 Lindell at Newstead
Three-four members of a support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), including a St. Louis woman who is the group’s long time outreach director
Last summer, Fr. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang was arrested and charged with molesting a teenaged girl. And last week, SNAP disclosed that an “explosive” civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against Archbishop Carlson stemming from his alleged role in Fr. Jiang’s crimes.
Prosecutors charge that Jiang molested a girl at least four times last year in Lincoln County and left evidence of his alleged crimes (including a phone message, text messages, and a $20,000 check to the girl’s parents.
Civil attorneys charge that Archbishop Carlson knew (the priest) was dangerous to children before the girl was abused, asked the girl’s parents for the $20,000 check, and “committed the criminal offense of attempted tampering with evidence.” They also write, in a court filing, that “A witness saw Jiang kissing (the girl) and touching her buttocks in the rectory parking lot.” And Fr. Jiang admitted his abuse to Carlson, according to the suit.
The suit maintains that Fr. Jiang “worked to build the (parents’) trust” and “regularly visited their home.” Fr. Jiang “directed” their daughter to “set up a secret email account,” “sent her (inappropriate) texts and emails” and “used Scripture to convince” the girl “that the contact was acceptable.”
SNAP suspects there may be more victims of Fr. Jiang who may still be “suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.” The group is urging them to speak up so that the full burden of keeping Fr. Jiang away from kids doesn’t fall to the family that is helping prosecutors convict him.
SNAP also wants Carlson to “aggressively seek out” others who may have been hurt by Fr. Jiang and use archdiocesan and parish resources to alert current and former parishioners about the allegations.
This week, Carlson and one of his top aides – Deacon Philip R. Hengen (314 432 1665, 314 792 7704, firstname.lastname@example.org) – were to be deposed in the criminal case. Carlson requested and received a postponement.
The prosecutors are Casey Brooks and Leah Askey (636 528 8571). Fr. Jiang’s lawyer is Paul D’Agrosa (314 725 8019, Paul@wolffdagrosa.com).
Fr. Jiang is in his late 20s or early 30s and a native of China. A photo of Fr. Jiang is available at BishopAccountability.org or http://stlouisreview.com/article/2010-05-18/introducing-our-new-0
The 14 page suit was filed last Friday (July 12) in Lincoln County where some of the alleged crimes took place. Plaintiffs include the girl and her parents. Their attorneys are Ken Chackes (314 369 3902, email@example.com) and Nicole Gorovsky (314 872 8420, firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 1983, Carlson was appointed auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Later, Jiang went to seminary in that archdiocese. In 2004, Carlson was promoted to Saginaw’s bishop and brought Jiang with him. In 2009, Carlson was promoted to St. Louis’ archbishop and again brought Jiang with him. In May 2010 at the Cathedral on Lindell, Carlson ordained Fr. Jiang was ordained a priest. (Before that, Jiang was a deacon at the Cathedral.) According to the suit, “Fr. Jiang lived in (Carlson’s) private residence in St. Louis and maintained a bedroom a few doors down from (Carlson’s).” He also had a room at the Cathedral rectory.
Fr. Jiang’s criminal trial has been delayed four times. It is now scheduled for October. It was to take place in Lincoln County but has been moved to Pike County. (Fr. Jiang sought a change of venue.)
David Clohessy 314 566 9790, email@example.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, SNApdorris@gmail.com