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DATE: Mon, Dec 17, 2018, 8:01 PM
FROM: Ivan OEsnot
RE: Misdeeds by Bishops in the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Please forward this to Pope Francis as it involves misdeeds and maltreatment of survivors by a number of bishops...

- Cardinal Timothy Dolan
- Cardinal Raymond Burke
- Cardinal Justin Rigali
- Archbishop Robert Carlson
- Bishop Rick Stika

Misdeeds and maltreatment I've reported to USCCB multiple times to no effect.

Which is why this needs to get to The Vatican and The Pope.

Thank you.

Chris O'Leary
St. Louis, MO


December 18, 2018

Holy Father,

My name is Chris O'Leary and I'm an acknowledged survivor of abuse by a priest named Fr. LeRoy Valentine at the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

February 5, 2018
Hi Chris, I wanted to respond to you on behalf of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.
You chose to litigate (LIE) your claims of sexual abuse by Rev. Leroy Valentine. YOUR CLAIMS WERE ACKNOWLEDGED by Deacon Phil Hengen (LIE), the Archdiocese of Saint Louis (LIE) and the court system. This matter has been fully settled through litigation and is final. Because your claim has been fully settled and is final the Archdiocese of Saint Louis will not be responding to any further inquiries regarding these claims. Please know that YOU AND ALL VICTIMS OF ABUSE are in my prayers and I do hope that you are able to find peace in the future. I wish you the best.

Sandra Price
Archdiocese of St. Louis

(LIE) = Emphasis Added

I am writing to inform you of serious problems with the treatment of survivors of abuse by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and USCCB.

The abuse of the abused.

I have spent the past SIXTEEN YEARS trying to get help from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. While they and USCCB promise survivors help, they deliver the opposite.

Torment, not Treatment.

By that I mean Gaslighting, the Run-Around, and other forms of psychological abuse. And, in truth, re-abuse. Abuse that far outweighs my original abuse in terms of the toll it took on my family and me.

As for USCCB's promise of an Assistance Coordinator for survivors of abuse, at no point was I EVER contacted by, put in touch with, or even told of the existence of an Assistance Coordinator.

It's a sham.

These misdeeds were perpetrated by a number of bishops, archbishops, and cardinals, all of whom are or who have been associated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To understand how the Archdiocese of St. Louis treats survivors under Archbishop Carlson, please read this...

I summarize the misdeeds of Cardinal Dolan, starting with Gaslighting, in this piece...

My story also involves and implicates...

- Cardinal Raymond Burke
- Cardinal Justin Rigali
- Bishop Rick Stika

I give an overview of my story in this piece.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss this.

SLUH 1986

Chris O'Leary
510 Bake Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
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