St. Louis archdiocese seeks dismissal of abuse suit

TROY — The St. Louis archdiocese asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the archbishop of failing to report child sexual abuse allegations against a priest he lived with and apparently mentored.

Attorney Gerard Noce, who represents Archbishop Robert Carlson and the archdiocese, told Circuit Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer that the lawsuit filed by the family of the alleged victim fails to spell out how Carlson and the priest's other superiors acted improperly. She told attorneys for the two sides she would review the request and scheduled another hearing for next June.

The priest, the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, was charged in June 2012 with first-degree child endangerment and witness tampering. His trial had...

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