Despite SPOTLIGHT, the press and politicians continue to work with the Catholic
Church, and (arch)dioceses — like the Archdiocese of St. Louis — to
cover up what happened.
One such politician is then Missouri Attorney General and now Senator Josh Hawley.
When I asked — BEGGED — his team to talk to me, they couldn't be
bothered to do so.
Senator Josh Hawley and the
Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is trying to
cultivate a reputation as a law and order, social conservative.
So its weird that, when given the chance to help survivors of the
Catholic sex abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, then
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley refused to hear the testimony
Survivors like me.
Frustration and Worse
I'm a survivor and contacted his office and his team multiple
times — through both his office's web site and by calling in,
directly — letting them know that I had crucial information.
But they couldn't be bothered to interview to me.
What's worse, in the face of questions by the press, they lied to
I contacted Senator Hawley's office, and the team handling the
investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, twice.
My first contact with Senator Josh Hawley's team handling the
investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis came in September
I had read a — I suspect erroneous — report that Hawley's team
had completed its investigation and obtained the name of the head of
the team through my mom's church.
I gave her a call, introduced myself, and expressed concern about
what I had read. She assured me that the report was wrong and that
they had just wrapped up the initial phase — counting the boxes,
basically — of their investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
I then told her about my story and experiences at a high level
and told her I had in my possession a document that would
demonstrate how the Archdiocese of St. Louis hid records.
My second contact with Senator Josh Hawley's team handling the
investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis came in November of
2018 or so.
I had grown increasingly frustrated with Hawley's team's lack of
interest in talking to me, and contacted Nassim
Benchaabane, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and
told him as much.
I'm not sure what happened, but he must have started digging
around and, I assume called the MO AG's office and asked about the
status of the investigation.
Regardless, LITERALLY the second I got off the phone with Nassim
Benchaabane, after telling him who I was and about my frustrations
with MO AG Josh Hawley's investigation of the Archdiocese of St.
Louis, my phone rang and on the end of the line was someone from the
MO AG's team.
They asked me to be patient.
And made it clear that they wanted to talk to me.
But, crucially, that promise was a lie.
What's the Big Deal?
Why was it so important that Missouri Attorney General Josh
Hawley's team talk to me?
Because I could tell them — metaphorically speaking — where the
bodies were buried.
As whistleblower Siobhan O'Connor interview with 60 Minutes
revealed, (arch)dioceses employ various tricks to hide records.
And, thanks to a source, I knew of the location of a document that
tied Cardinal Timothy Dolan to the Catholic sex abuse crisis.
And to my abuser.
However, this document — and presumably others — wasn't located
where it was supposed to be.
It's wasn't in a logical location.
Instead, it was hidden in the file of another abuser.
But — Thank God — I happened to find out which file that was.
Attorney General Schmitt
As incompetent and horrible as Senator Josh Hawley's investigation
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's investigation of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis was worse.