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In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was sexually exploited, abused, and ultimately assaulted — raped — by Father LeRoy Valentine at the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
Sexual exploitation and abuse that took place in the Immacolata rectory and was witnessed, at least in part, by a man who was then a father and is now a cardinal of the Catholic Church.
Then, in 2002, when I went to the Archdiocese of St. Louis for help and he called me back, that's when things got REALLY bad, I suspect in an effort to protect my friend, the cardinal.
That was the beginning of what I describe as the Abuse of the Abused...
The many Catholics who will only take the Catholic Church at its words, and who refuse to listen to survivors, aren't helping.
They are ENABLING.
Just like in the bad old days.
The situation for survivors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is very much like SPOTLIGHT era Boston.
Because the St. Louis press, and the Attorney General of the state of Missouri, Eric Schmitt, rather than refusing to "get on the same page" and "play ball," have decided that their job is to PROTECT, rather than EXPOSE, the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
It's not that St. Louis is BETTER than Boston. Things are just HIDDEN better.
In part by the abuse of the abused.
Abuse by Fr. LeRoy VALENTINE
I was sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted — raped — by a priest named Father LeRoy Valentine at the Church of the Immacolata in St. Louis, MO in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Seen by Cardinal DOLAN
My own experience, and the testimony of others, affirms that then Father and now Cardinal Timothy Dolan knew what Fr. Valentine was doing to us at the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, where both served as parish priests from Summer 1977 until Summer 1979.
Gaslighted by Dolan in 2002
In early March 2002 I went to ArchStL as a result of the news that Father LeRoy Valentine had been accused of abuse. By then (auxiliary) Bishop Timothy Dolan told me nothing happened; that Fr. Valentine hadn't done the things he was accused of. That he COULDN'T have done them. Which is weird, given that Father Valentine resigned a few weeks later.
Not Notified by Dolan in 2002
A few days after I talked to then Bishop Timothy Dolan, Father LeRoy Valentine resigned. Dolan never notified me or circled back to tell me that my experiences and memories might indeed mean something.
ADMITTED BY ARCHSTL
My abuse was admitted -- kind of -- in an e-mail Sandra Price of ArchStL sent to me on February 5, 2018. Admitted amidst lies and lawyer-speak, but admitted nonetheless.
Pope's VOS ESTIS = Sham
As I discuss in Vos estis lux mundi: The Reality, I have spent the past year trying to let the Vatican and the Pope know that the Archdiocese of St. Louis in violation of Pope Francis' motu propio Vos estis lux mundi. Nobody cares.
St. Louis = Spotlight but Worse
St. Louis is basically SPOTLIGHT-era Boston but worse because it's isn't just Eric Schmitt, the Attorney General of the State of Missouri, who is trying to protect the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The press is also complicit in the cover-up. That includes KMOV, KSDK, and KMOX.
Abuse of the Abused by ArchStL
Lying to the Court = Perjury
In 2014 the Archdiocese of St. Louis UNDER COURT ORDER produced a list of allegations they had received. It was incomplete. My report wasn't accurate and I know of at least one other report that is missing. Isn't lying to the court Perjury? And Obstruction of Justice? Thus RICO?
Lying to the People of St. Louis
In April 2018 ArchStL told everybody I was lying and that my story changed multiple times.
Gaslighted by ArchStL
On May 9, 2011 I met with a Review Team from ArchStL. They told me the problems I was having — bankruptcy, divorce, nervous breakdown — were my father's fault.
Never Contacted My Psychologist
In July 2011 Deacon Phil Hengen told me he wanted to talk to my psychologist. He never did, despite the best efforts of my psychologist and me.
Not Notified Valentine Removed
In May 2013 the Archdiocese of St. Louis permanently removed Fr. Valentine. I was never told, contacted, or (finally) offered help.
Assistance Coordinator Sham
While USCCB talks about and advertises that every diocese makes an Assistance Coordinator available to survivors, at no point what I told of the existence of, put in touch with, or contacted by an Assistance Coordinator.
MO AG Press Conference
I attempted to attend the 2019.9.13 MO AG press conference announcing the results of the investigation of ArchStL. Instead of being welcomed with compassion, I instead faced outright, naked hostility and the MO AG had the police throw me out of the building.
For More Information
This piece is a shorter version of the linear, timeline-based, story I've told in slightly longer form in several places...
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