MO--Victims blast archbishop over perp center secrecy

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 12

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,,

One of several Catholic predator priest centers in our area is in the news again today:    

Archbishop Robert Carlson refuses to discuss these pedophile priest centers in his archdiocese. (they include RECON, the Vianney Renewal Center, St. Joseph's infirmary, and other church centers in Shrewsbury and Webster Groves.)

But these places couldn't operate here without Carlson’s permission. He also refuses to disclose who these dangerous predators are or even how many there are. His continued and reckless secrecy puts children at risk and violates his repeated promises to be "open and transparent" about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

We feel very sorry for Mike Stenzhorn who’s disabled and wants to downsize but fears he won’t be able to sell his home. We applaud him for speaking out about this troubling situation. We also feel sorry for every parent and homeowner in Shrewsbury, Jefferson County, Franklin County and elsewhere who have groups of proven, admitted and credibly accused serial child molesting clerics secretly living nearby.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790,, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003,, Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747,   

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