Church ordered to release names of priests accused of abuse

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A judge has ordered St. Louis catholic officials to turn over the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse over a 20-year span to a victim and her attorney.

Members of SNAP and other victims' support groups hailed Tuesday's ruling as they demonstrated in front of the Cathedral Basilica.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker gave the St. Louis Archdiocese until Friday to release the names, which will be kept from the public.  Father Joseph Ross is accused of sexually abusing the girl at St. Cronin's parish.

David Clohessy, director of SNAP, stated, “We are so grateful and proud of this brave young woman who is not only seeking justice for herself and warning people about a proven predator, but she’s also forcing this Archdiocese to ever so slowly to begin to peel back the layers upon layers of secrecy that have for so long protected predators and endangered kids.”

The Archdiocese released a response saying:

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis will review with its attorneys today's court order for the release of identities of victims and accused clergy dating back many years that involve any substantiated allegation of sexual abuse.”

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  • Judy Jones

    It takes pressure from brave victims and the courts to get bishops to take any kind of honest and decisive actions to really protect kids today.
    We are grateful the judge is forcing the St Louis church officials to release the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse in the past 20 years. This is a huge step for helping others who may have been harmed and are still suffering in silence and shame to know that they are not alone.
    The judge’s decision is hopefully validation for the brave victim who helped to make this happen. She is admired by thousands who know her pain.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,
    SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”

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