Archdiocese of St. Louis

Priest sex abuse
12:10 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross

Credit (via Flickr/Patty Vicknair)

Updated with comments from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, additional information about pending civil cases.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a civil case Monday in which a young woman accused a former priest of raping her – and the archdiocese of putting her and other children at risk by moving the priest from parish to parish. 

Jury selection was scheduled to get underway Monday morning in the case of Jane Doe 92 vs. Ross. The terms of the settlement are confidential. 

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Archdiocese Of St. Louis
9:27 am
Mon July 7, 2014

What Was At Stake: St. Louis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case

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UPDATE: July 7, 9:30 a.m.

The St. Louis Archdiocese announced this morning that it had settled a civil lawsuit in the case of Doe Vs. Ross.

The case was set to go to court this morning starting with jury selection. But the Archdiocese called a press conference to announce the settlement. The terms of the settlement are confidential. 

For more on the background of what was at stake in Doe vs. Ross, read below:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:41 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Why Is St. Louis Named After A French King Who Was Born 800 Years Ago?

Saint Louis, King of France by el Greco
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

How did a French king born in 1214 become the namesake of a city founded in the heart of the Americas 550 years later? The answer is woven into the fabric of St. Louis’ identity even now, as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Friday marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of the city’s namesake: Louis IX, the only French king to become a saint.

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Education
12:33 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Superintendent of Catholic Education Talks Enrollment, Diversity, Student Vouchers

New Superintendent of Catholic Education, Kurt Nelson, speaks to St. Louis Public Radio from Wisconsin Public Radio’s studio in La Crosse, Wis.
Credit Maureen McCollum / Wisconsin Public Radio

Catholic education has deep roots in St. Louis, but some schools have struggled amid shrinking enrollment. 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced last month that it had selected Kurt Nelson as the new Superintendent of Catholic Education.  Since 2006, Nelson has served the president of Aquinas Catholic Schools in La Crosse, Wis.  He will take over as the head of Catholic schools in St. Louis on July, 1. He replaces George Henry, who held the job since 1995.

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STL 250
10:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Why Do Fish Fries Catch All Kinds Of St. Louis Fans?

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The origin of eating fish on Fridays goes back a long way in the Catholic Church, but the origin of the tradition is disputed. Some say it’s a form of personal sacrifice meant to remember the death of Jesus. Others say it was the result of an 8th century papal decree to help the Italian fishermen.

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Church Sexual Abuse
4:09 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

St. Louis Archdiocese Must Release Abusers' Names

The Cathedral Basilica.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

Latest development, Feb 5, 2014:

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.

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Church Sex Abuse
4:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records

Archdiocese of St. Louis chancery.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated Jan. 13, 2014:

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.

Updated Jan. 10, 2014:

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Catholic Institutions /Birth Control
1:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson speaks at a press conference on May 21, 2012.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 5:10 p.m.

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.

The archdiocese and Catholic Charities filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the country were also filed Monday.

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Catholic school merger
11:38 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Three St. Louis Catholic schools to merge

The Rev. Bob Evens of Annunciation Parish in Webster (L) and St. Michael the Archangel principal Amie Koenen (R) listen as Archbishop Robert Carlson discusses the creation of Holy Cross Academy.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:55 to correct grammatical error.

Three Catholic schools in south St. Louis county will be merging into one next school year.

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Priest abuse
5:51 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Mo. appeals court rules Catholic church not responsible for some abuse

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, whose seat is the Cathedral Basilica, cannot be held responsible for abuse committed by a priest off church property.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

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.

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