In January 2014 the Archdocese of St. Louis, under court
order, released a document -- a spreadsheet -- that came to be
known as the matrix.
It was incomplete.
I know that because my allegation wasn't in it.
Cardinal Dolan and the Matrix
What's the big deal about how the Archdiocese of St. Louis
and Archbishop Carlson are handling the case of Fr. LeRoy
A lot of it comes down to what is called the matrix.
And a CRIMINAL act.
Perjury at least.
And maybe Obstruction of Justice.
In what I assume is an effort to protect Timothy Cardinal
Dolan, ArchStL and +Carlson excluded certain reports,
complaints, and allegations from the matrix.
My allegation wasn't included in the matrix and I know of AT LEAST one other guy
-- who I think I know -- whose story was written up by the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch and who was also kept out of the matrix.
"But then, a few weeks later, a former altar boy came
forward. He was 32, and told the Post-Dispatch that he was 8 at
the time Valentine had molested him, in 1978 at Immacolata
Church in Richmond Heights. Valentine allegedly put the boy on
his lap while hearing his confession then put his hands in the
boy’s pants. 'I was molested during the first sacrament I ever
received, the man said.”
The guy above, who I'm pretty sure I've talked to multiple
times, came forward in LATE March
But neither one of us is listed in the matrix.
Why would ArchStL and +Carlson do that?
Exclude certain allegations?
Commit the CRIMINAL act of perjury.
To protect ++Dolan.
Notice the dates. No allegations in the matrix from prior to
1982. Nothing from when Cardinal Dolan and Fr. Valentine were at
ArchStL would have you believe Fr. LeRoy Valentine didn't
start abusing until 1982. By which time Cardinal Dolan was in
D.C. So ++Dolan didn't and couldn't have known anything.
But that's not what happened.
Valentine started abusing MUCH earlier on.
When I talked with Flannel Shirt Guy, he told stories of
having been -- at least -- groped by Valentine plus other
"creepy" things during face to face confession. Given FSG was
only at Immacolata for a short time, we know that was 1980 or
At least pre-1982.
To be clear, I don't believe Cardinal Dolan was still at
Immacolata when Flannel Shirt Guy came to Immacolata. But, at a
minimum, FSG is a THIRD person who can tell a story of Valentine
abusing kids at Immacolata.
...there is a comment by a woman who corroborates my story.
And my timeline. And states that Fr. LeRoy Valentine was abusing
kids AT LEAST by 1979.
I went to Immacolata parish and school 1976–1979. I
knew Fr. Valentine (and Cardinal Dolan, then Fr. Dolan, there at
the same time) well. Fr. Valentine was known throughout SLU High
and other private high schools and even SLU because kids at
Immacolata would share with their older siblings. His behavior
with the boys was always creepy and highly suspect. I told my
parents and some other girls told their parents too, but we were
blown off. I even told a couple of teachers I suspected
inappropriate behavior (hugging boys waaaay to long, then
rubbing their chests, not to mention the constant attempts at
wrestling). The boys I asked always denied abuse, but admitted
to hating the hugging and touching.
Then there's this.
"James Turner commented 2 years ago
In 1975 when he was still a deacon he tried to molest me
while parked in front of my parents house (he was dropping me
off after a CYC event). The story is longer and complicated but
what is nagging now is the desire to say I’m sorry to those who
were abused after me."
I always assumed the allegation from 1973-1974 in the matrix
was bogus. However, after reading about this allegation that
dates back to 1975, I'm not so sure. And, again, this is YEARS
Here's what I don't understand.
Which I think makes this a thing.
If my allegation was unsubstantiated as ArchStL has said --
publicly -- then why not include me in the matrix? As just
another unsubstantiated allegation? As a win for the good guys?
Why commit perjury?
In general, why exclude allegations against Fr. LeRoy
Valentine that date to before 1982?