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I have a number of reasons to believe that, as early as the mid-1970s, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had put in place a "program" to try to managed what were known as "troubled" priests.

My parish Immacolata, and my pastor Monsignor Cornelius Flavin, were part of the program.

The Program

As I discuss in my piece on the Smoking Gun, during the Winter of 2019-2020, I found a document that, combined with some other information I knew and have found, suggests that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, at least by the 1970s...

  1. Know it had a number of "troubled" priests in its ranks.
  2. Made no attempt to expel those priests.
  3. Instead, it put in place a program to try to "manage" those priests.

That program consisted of...

  1. Identifying "troubled" priests.
  2. Sending them to certain parishes, I suspect with experienced pastors.
  3. Making sure that not more than one "troubled" priest was at any parish that was part of the program at the same time.

Obviously, the existence of such a program is a huge scandal because...

  1. Management requires — and implies — knowledge.
  2. Such "troubled" priests were managed, rather than expelled.
  3. Simply trying to manage such troubled priests puts children at risk.

That also raises the question of why such troubled priests were "managed" and not expelled.

I can only assume it was because it was believed that these men were called — BY GOD — to be priests and the Archdiocese of St. Louis wasn't going to question that call.

Even though they knew in advance, to at least some degree, of those priests problems with young boys.

Parishes that were part of The Program included, at least, Immacolata in Richmond Heights and Mary Queen of Peace in Webster Groves.