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

WHAT

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.

WHEN

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

WHERE

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

WHO

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

WHY

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.

http://iobserve.org/2020/06/10/bishop-mitchell-t-rozanski-named-10th-archbishop-of-st-louis-missouri/ 

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.”

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/springfield-diocese-temporarily-removes-3-priests-from-public-ministry-after-sexual-abuse-allegation.html

“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?"


CONTACT

David Clohessy 314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com


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