Mo- High Profile Pedophile Priest Trial Delayed; SNAP Responds

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
February 12, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, St. Louis City Judge Phil Heagney delayed the high profile child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson and Fr. Joseph D. Ross (whose whereabouts are allegedly unknown).

We are saddened by this callous decision. Once again, justice is being delayed because Catholic officials refused, time and time again over months, to obey a court order and because, at the very last minute, they brought in more expensive lawyers to battle a case first filed more than two years ago. Irresponsible, secretive defendants shouldn't be rewarded for moving slowly and selfishly.

It's ironic that Catholic officials so often insist in court that victims have come forward too late. But then those same Catholic officials deliberately drag their feet and expect and experience few consequences.

Catholic officials claim “We're changing how we deal with abuse.” In truth, however, they act nearly the same as they always have. For decades, they've exploited every delay tactic they could imagine, and they still do so now. For decades, they've made litigation as tough as possible on victims, and they still do so now. For decades, they've zealously held onto their secrets for as long as possible, and they still do so now.

Meanwhile, Joseph D. Ross walks free, living (and perhaps working) among unsuspecting families and vulnerable kids. And Catholic officials make no effort whatsoever to help police or warn parents, choosing instead to focus their energies and spend their money evading their moral responsibility and hiding their irresponsible actions.

The trial is now set for July before Judge Edward Sweeney.



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