St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced Tuesday the suspension of retired priest John J. Ghio because of a recently reported allegation of abuse -- allegedly in the early 1980s.
In a letter to parishes of the Archdiocese, Carlson said:
“Having consulted with the Promoter of Justice, the Vicar for Priests, and the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to ensure the integrity of the process, I have suspended Father Ghio’s priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded.”
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.
The St. Louis Archdiocese is blasting the notion that Archbishop Robert Carlson did not know child sexual abuse was a crime during his 24 years of service in Minnesota, saying statements he made to that effect in a deposition were taken out of context.
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.