Victims blast new St. Louis archbishop

Victims blast new St. L archbishop

Just last week, he ousted 3 alleged predators

But in a ‘shocking move,’ he refuses to name them


Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will

--harshly criticize St. Louis’ new archbishop for suspending three accused predator priests last week but refusing, in violation of US Catholic church policy, to reveal their names,

--disclose more about his track record on abuse and cover up,

--beg St. Louis Catholics to challenge him on his secrecy and

--urge the pope to reverse his decision to promote the new archbishop.


TODAY, Wednesday, June 10 at 11:30 a.m.


Outside the ‘new’ cathedral on Lindell near Taylor in St. Louis’ Central West End


Two-three members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (


Pope Francis has tapped Springfield MA Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to be the new head of the St. Louis archdiocese. At least half a dozen times during his tenure in Massachusetts, SNAP has found fault with his handling of abuse and cover up. 

Earlier, former SNAP executive director David Clohessy issued this statement:

“This is a dramatic step backwards in terms of public safety. Rozanski is a terrible choice. Just last week, he suspended three accused predator priests but refused to reveal their names, a terribly irresponsible move that leaves children at risk.”

“In light of this, we hope Pope Francis reverses himself and punishes Rozanski. And we hope every single St. Louis Catholic who speaks to Rozanski will ask him 'Why such reckless secrecy?" and tells him "The last three St. Louis archbishops named suspected predators when they suspended them. How can you go backwards?"


David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected]

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  • Michael Shattuck
    commented 2020-07-23 13:05:16 -0500
    With this behavior still happening how can anyone feel safe entrusting their children to the Catholic Church ? If one of my abusers who was actually reported in the parish he was at before coming to the parish my church was a mission church to as a child was defrocked instead of getting a pass, sent to counseling for a mere year, then reassigned to the parish that my parish was a mission church of I would have had 1 less monster involved in my abuse as a boy that took so many pieces of my soul that will never heal. Hopefully god will make sure they pay dearly in the next life. I understand God gave man free will, but I will never understand why God gave it to the evil ones. Unfortunately we cannot force the evil leadership of the church to remove or name these monsters. But the world needs to keep trying to protect the children and the vulnerable so that people can be apart of the good that religion provides.

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