Law and Order: Man Sues Archdiocese, Claims Sex Abuse in '60s

Post-Dispatch [St. Louis MO]
August 19, 2005

A Virginia man sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis Friday, claiming a priest sexually abused him in 1962 and 1963 under the guise of talking to him about joining the priesthood.

The suit says Rev. Norman H. Christian took the then-youth into the basement of St. Peter's Church in Kirkwood in the fall of 1962, showed him pornography then fondled him.

The abuse continued through the spring of 1963, the suit says.

Christian died last year. He served in a number of parishes, including St. George in Affton, St. Peter's, Ascension in Normandy, Nativity in St. Louis, St. Adalbert in St. Louis and St. William in Woodson Terrace, according to the archdiocese.

The suit says church officials covered up the sexual abuse and knew or should have known that Christian was dangerous.