Sins of the Fathers > Sins of the Fathers > Collusion

One of the big themes — and scandals — of the movie Spotlight is the collusion between the legal and other institutions of the city of Boston, and the Archdiocese of Boston, to cover up what was going on.

Similarly, I've uncovered what looks like collusion between the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Archdiocese of St. Louis and, quite possibly, the office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.


Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.

Collusion is one of the things that happened in Boston in the late 1990s and early 2000s, except the Boston Globe was on the side of the good guys.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I'm ashamed by my GoFundMe, but I justified accepting folks assistance by putting time and money into doing my own investigative work. And it looks like it's paid off. And THANK YOU to the folks who have helped me.

As you know, I met with Archbishop Carlson of ArchStL on March 26, 2019. I wanted to believe ArchStL had turned over a new leaf. But I recorded and transcribed that meeting just in case.

During that meeting +Carlson offered to meet me again. And I had asked him to do a number of things; basically to end the smear campaign.

So, after a couple of weeks, I went back to Sandra Price of ArchStL and asked for a follow-up. And she pushed back. And then she stopped replying to my requests and stonewalled me, just as Deacon Phil Hengen did.

So then I started contacting, or trying to contact, some folks at the Post-Dispatch I had known because they had written about me or even just referenced my story.

But they just stonewalled me.

And what were they doing at the same time I was trying to let them know that Abp Carlson's promises were empty and nothing had changed for survivors?

They had tasked THREE reporters with writing a massive hagiography of Abp Carlson.

And, a couple of days later I went on the Dave Glover Show to talk about my experiences.

So, the other day, I wrote a letter to the editors of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and asked them why they would write such a hagiography in spite of what I was telling them about the true behavior of Abp Carlson and ArchStL.

You know, the recording and transcript of my conversation with the very same Abp Carlson.

The things a reporter was telling me weren't news.

And, yes, I let them know of the threat to expose confidential information Sandra Price of ArchStL had made against me.

All of which makes it look like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is running cover for, if not doing the bidding of, the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Continuing the fiction that ArchStL is one of the few places where nothing (much) happened.

When, in truth, there are hundreds of survivors out there, most of whom are unknown.

MO AG Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt is a Catholic.

In fact, he attends my (now former?) parish.

I have attempted to inform his investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, but am utterly unimpressed by their response.

They don't seem to care.

Among other things, they don't care about the cover-up, only the original abuse.

Maybe they will start believing survivors about the cover-up once they start believing us about the original sin?

Our abuse.