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It's been ten months since the Pope's mout propio Vos estis lux mundi went into effect.

And seven months since I first started trying to alert the Vatican and the Pope to problems in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To violations of Vos estis lux mundi by ArchStL.

It's been long enough, in fact, that I've since put together and sent a second e-mail addressing the subject.

And now a third.

And now a fourth.

In that time, it's become clear to me that Vos estis lux mundi is just another P.R. effort with no substance — and certainly no Christ — behind it.

It's designed not to help survivors but to help Catholics feel better about their church and themselves.

And does nothing for survivors.

Except to taunt us.

Vos estis lux mundi: The Reality

In my piece discussing the Abuse of the Abused, I give an overview of the misdeeds of Archbishop Robert Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

While my hope was that the June 1, 2019 enaction of VOS ESTIS would improve things, things are no better.

And, in a few cases, things are worse.

The Vatican Knows

The problem isn't that the Pope doesn't know about my problems. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has assured me that he has personally made the Pope's office, at least, aware of the problems I'm having.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley Letter to Chris OLeary

Rather, the problem is that the Vatican, and presumably the Pope, simply don't care about survivors.


Failure to Assist Survivors

While Archdiocese of St. Louis does have a person they call an Assistance Coordinator, as I learned in March 2019, their duties are EXTREMELY limited...

ArchStL: What is your understanding of what an Assistance Coordinator does?
ChrisOLeary: Well, that they are supposed to, you know, help set up, arrange for treatment and help pay for treatment.
ArchStL: OK. So, typically, what Carol (Brescia) does… And you’ve talked to Carol… What Carol does is… Anybody in the diocese is free to call her. And what she does is link people to therapists if they do not have one. So that’s kind of her role for us.

That hasn't changed since June 1, 2019.


The preferred tactic of the Archdiocese of St. Louis when deal with survivors is to ignore survivors' pleas for help, I assume in the hope we will just go away. This Stonewalling began before the June 1, 2019 effective date of Vos estis and continued after it. And I have the e-mails to prove it.

Smear Campaign as de facto Confidentiality Agreement

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been waging a Smear Campaign against me for the past year and a half.

…when asked to comment on O’Leary’s account, “The archdiocese’s record of Mr. O’Leary’s allegations are significantly different...Jones also said the information O’Leary shared initially changed multiple times...

I informed Archbishop Robert Carlson that this was a lie on March 26, 2019 but, as of June 1, 2019, he had yet to carify, much less retract, the above statement.

False Allegations of
Terroristic Threats

Lying to the people of St. Louis to isolate me and ensure I'm not believed isn't the only abusive thing the Archdiocese of St. Louis has done. ArchStL also lied to law enforcement — they falsely accused me of making Terroristic Threats against ArchStL and Archbishop Carlson — to harass, intimidate, and terrorize me.

I informed Archbishop Carlson of this on March 26, 2019 and received a private, verbal apology from Sandra Price of ArchStL during that meeting...

ChrisOLeary: ...I know allegations have been made against me that I’ve made “Terroristic Threats” against the Archdiocese… (THE) Shrewsbury (POLICE DEPARTMENT) has a file with that heading…
SandraPrice: Can I comment on that? So we never, to my knowledge, called it a “Terroristic Threat.”
ChrisOLeary: That’s fine. That’s the name of the file of the investigation.
SandraPrice: All I can do is say, “I’m sorry.”

...but haven't received a public apology or retraction March 26, 2019, much less after the June 1, 2019 effective date of Vos estis.

Threatening to Expose Confidential Information

On July 1, 2019, one month AFTER Vos estis went into effect, Sandra Price of The Archdiocese of St. Louis threatened to expose confidential information about me. That is at least a violation of Vos estis, if not a criminal act. And not the only criminal act ArchStL has committed.

Papal Nuncio

I've sent at least five e-mails to/though the Papal Nuncio. I've never received an acknowledgement, much less a reply, from the Papal Nuncio.