Missouri's Supreme Court has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Louis to give the names of priests and other church employees credibly accused of sexually abusing minors to a plaintiff in a lawsuit.
Shortly after the court's two-line order yesterday, the Archdiocese turned over the list of 240 complaints made against 115 priests and employees since 1986. A court order keeps the names of the accused and the victims sealed to the public.
The legal back-and-forth over the release of the names to the plaintiff continues. The state Supreme Court today blocked the Archdiocese from having to comply with Dierker’s order until further notice.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.
In a ruling that advocates for victims of abusive priests are calling "terrible," a Missouri appeals court today upheld a 2010 trial court ruling that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot be held responsible for a priest who sexually abused a young parishioner because the abuse happened off of church property.
An attorney for the victim, Ken Chackes, says Missouri is one of a few states that requires such a high bar to hold church officials responsible.
Reporting from the The St. Louis Beacon's Dale Singer used in this report.
By the time Catholic education in St. Louis celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018, Archbishop Robert Carlson wants classrooms to be fuller, Catholic identity to be more vibrant and finances in such good shape that everyone who wants to attend should be able to enroll regardless of whether they can pay.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the St. Louis region from noon today to noon tomorrow. Snow accumulations of 3-to-6 inches are expected. Meteorologist Laura Kanofsky says the snow could cause problems on the road. The snow should reach the St. Louis metro area by late afternoon or early evening.
"Because the snow is going to be lighter and fluffier, it's going to blow around a lot easier. And so with some winds picking up behind the system as it departs, some blowing and drifting snow could cause some areas of low visibility."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the trial to decide the fate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is beginning today. The trial in St. Louis Circuit Court is expected to last about three weeks. The church and archdiocese have been in conflict since 2004, when the parish board refused a demand by former Archbishop Raymond Burke to follow the same legal and financial rules as other parishes. When the board appointed its own pastor, Burke stripped the church of its standing as a Roman Catholic parish.
The Missouri Baptist Convention says its executive director has resigned due to what it calls "immoral behavior with a woman." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Rev. David Tolliver had led the 600,000-member state arm of the Southern Baptist Convention since February 2009. The organization said in a news release Friday that his departure is immediate. Jay Hughes, one of the organization's leaders will fill in as executive director until a permanent replacement is named.