“Where’s predator priest now?” abuse victims ask
He was sued last month & was at Cathedral last year
Cleric is 1 of 6 wrongdoers at city’s most prominent parish
Five are alleged child molesters; one’s a convicted bishop
SNAP to leaflet parishioners saying “You all deserve better”
Group wants archbishop to hold public meeting about offenders
As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers about five credibly accused priests who worked at the St. Louis’ most prominent Catholic church (including one who was sued last month).
The leaflets urge local Catholics to prod Archbishop Robert Carlson to
--hold an open public meeting about the predators, and
--turn over records about all five to local law enforcement.
Victims will also ask Catholics to
--ask their loved ones if they were hurt by any of the five clerics (and urge them to get help), and
--report anything they know, see or hear about the priests’ crimes to police officials, not church officials.
Sunday, Aug. 4 at 11:40 a.m.
Outside the St. Louis Cathedral on Lindell at Taylor in the city’s Central West End
Three-four members of a support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), including a St. Louis man who is the group’s long time director
Last month, Fr. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang became the fifth priest who worked at the Cathedral and was sued for alleged child sex crimes. The only convicted bishop in the US also worked there.
The offenders who worked at the Cathedral include Fr. James L. Gummersbach, Fr. James J. Pavlik, Fr. Chester E. Gaiter, Fr. Bryan M. Kuchar, and Jiang. (Gaiter passed away in 2011. The rest are alive and believed to be in the St. Louis area.)
Jiang is accused of molesting a girl last year. He was arrested in June 2012 and was sued in July 2013.
He’s charged with alleged child sex crimes and “victim tampering” (because he allegedly left a $20,000 check for the girl’s parents after admitting the abuse).
In that same new civil lawsuit, Archbishop Robert Carlson was accused of breaking the law by suggesting to the girl’s parents that they “return to him the check” from Fr. Jiang. (The parents, however, gave it to police.)
According to the suit, Carlson was “supervising Fr. Jiang very closely” and “knew that (he) was a danger to children before (he) was charged last year with molesting (Post Dispatch).
Kuchar served his jail time, and now works at the Lumiere Casino downtown (a fact that SNAP just learned this week and that has not been reported publicly.) Kuchar also worked across the street from the Cathedral at Rosati Kane high school.
In May, a St. Louis family sued the archdiocese for the “wrongful death” of their son, who committed suicide after reportedly being molested by Kuchar.
Gummersbach was found guilty in 1999 in Missouri’s only civil predator priest trial. That verdict was overturned on appeal because of the statute of limitations.
More information about all five of the credibly accused child molesting clerics is at BishopAccountability.org
The only bishop in the US to be convicted of endangering kids also worked at the Cathedral. He’s Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, who about a decade ago, was rector here. In 2005, he was promoted to Kansas City’s bishop. In September 2012, he was convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest.
SNAP believes Carlson should answer questions at an open public meeting at the Cathedral about all six wrongdoers and emphatically beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered their crimes or cover ups to call police. For the safety of kids, SNAP also wants Carlson to disclose where Fr. Jiang is now living.
The current pastor of the Cathedral is Msgr. Joseph Pins (314 373 8200). Some parishioners have set up a group to back Jiang.