Springfield (MA)/St. Louis (MO)

August 25, 2020

By Kristine Christlieb

Sex abuse victims from two states want justice

St. Louis’ new archbishop, Mitchell T. Rozanski, is under siege from sex abuse survivors in two states.

Protestors gathered outside the city’s Cathedral Basilica on Monday while survivors from Springfield, Massachusetts, Rozanski’s former diocese, are warning Catholics in St. Louis of the cleric’s history of delay tactics.

Olan Horne, who is a survivor advocate and is himself a sex abuse victim, has firsthand experience with Rozanski while he was bishop of Springfield.

He says Pope Francis should not have elevated the cleric to his new post: “Bishop Rozanski has no right going to St. Louis when he has left such spilt milk here in Springfield. These cases are still not resolved.”

One case involves Bp. Christopher Weldon, now deceased, who led the Springfield diocese from 1950–1977.

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