Seminarian pleads; SNAP sympathizes with Hill parishioners
Our hearts ache for current and former Hill residents and St. Ambrose parishioners. Ex-seminarian Nicholas Pinkston of the scandal-ridden Kansas City diocese is the latest of several troubled clerics from elsewhere who worked at this church.
Pinkston just pled guilty to child porn charges here.
The other troubled clerics from elsewhere who spent time at St. Ambrose include:
---Fr. Darell Mitchell of Yakima, WA who was found to have child porn on his computer and was sent to a treatment center and to St. Ambrose in 2007. (St. Louis church officials sent him away after SNAP disclosed his presence on the Hill.)
---Fr. Nicholas Voelker of Wichita, KS who was quietly allowed in 2005 to live and work at St. Ambrose’s, despite having been accused of assaulting a Kansas parishioner twice.(She later got a protective order and received a settlement from church authorities.)
---Fr. Andrew Pinsent of England who suddenly and quietly returned to his home country after being charged in 2007 with assaulting a clergy sex abuse victim who was leafleting on a sidewalk on the Hill. Pinsent at the time was a student at St. Louis University, and a part-time pastor at St. Ambrose.
The latest St. Ambrose wrongdoer, Pinkston, “had been attending Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis and leading confirmation classes for seventh- and eighth-graders at a Catholic elementary school in St. Louis,” according to the Kansas City Star. In addition to St. Ambrose, he worked at Ascension and Our Lady of the Presentation parishes. He’s originally from Warrensburg MO.
Pinkston allegedly also had an “affair” with an adult woman and sometimes used the alias R. A. Manfir.
As best we can tell, St. Louis Catholic officials never warned the parishioners or the public about any of these troubled clerics. We hope they will act more responsibly now and urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by any of these men to come forward.
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50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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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