On May 10, 2013 the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced that they had
my abuser, Fr. LeRoy Valentine. I vividly remember the day and
reading the piece
Decades After First Alleged Child Sex Abuse, St. Louis Priest
Removed because it's one of many examples of how the
Archdiocese of St. Louis
More importantly, I remember that piece because of something that was
mentioned in the statement that was issued by
Deacon Phil Hengen, head of
the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Father Valentine resigned his position at St. Thomas the
Apostle and retired from public ministry. He lived in a
private residence from 2002-2005 and then moved to a
retirement home in 2005.
You're telling me the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowed an at
least FIVE times accused -- and at least SIX if you include the
allegation that I made in 2002 to
Timothy Dolan -- child molestor, who they had secretly paid
out on at three of the claims, to live...
- In a private
residence from 2002-2005.
- In a retirement home from 2005 until 2013 with
inadequate if any supervision (as
David Clohessy of SNAP claims).
Who in their right mind would do that?
Cardinal Raymond Burke.
But, but, but...
Cardinal Burke wasn't installed until January 26, 2004!
Right, which means Fr. Leroy Valentine was still out in the
wild when Cardinal Burke took over. And, rather than acting
immediately and decisively, it wasn't until some time in 2005
that Cardinal Burke did anything to address the problem of a
child molestor who was living in a private residence and who
posed a threat to the community.
Of course, I don't know whether that was a secure facility or
one in which Fr. Valentine was able to come and go as he
St. Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us!