What's it like to be a survivor of abuse by a Catholic priest
and to ask your (arch)bishop for help? Listen -- and/or read -- for yourself.
I met with my (arch)bishop on March 26, 2019 -- something
that only happens if they believe It Happened -- and informed
him of and asked him to end the
the Archdiocese of St. Louis was waging against me, among other
After waiting THREE MONTHS for him to act on my requests, and
receiving only further
stonewalling, I made the recording and the
transcript of that meeting public.
That pissed off the Archdiocese of St. Louis, because I guess
they're not used to people standing up to them and calling out
and exposing their mistreatment of people.
And their general hypocrisy.
Archbishop Carlson Meeting
On March 26, 2019 I met with Archbishop Robert Carlson of the the
Archdiocese of St. Louis (ArchStL). In the interests of the truth,
and so that others can understand what it's like to -- try to -- get
help from ArchStL, I (secretly) recorded
I have also transcribed that recording.
Sandra Price admitted that to me during my March 26, 2019 meeting
with Archbishop Robert Carlson and her, which I recorded and
Just in case.
CO: I was never offered the services or
told of the existence of an Assistance Coordinator. And this kinds
of gets into our (Price and my) stuff. I don’t know what Hengen has
told people, but…
SP: What is your understanding
of what an Assistance Coordinator does?
Well, that they are supposed to, you know, help set up, arrange for
treatment, and help pay for treatment.
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. She’s not necessarily
somebody who’s going to make the determination if the therapy would
to be paid for. That all happens through the review board. So I
can’t again comment on what happened up to this point but certainly
you have…you can call Carol.
To be clear, FINDING a psychologist isn't the hardest part of
getting help. Rather, the hardest part of getting help is PAYING FOR
During my meeting with Archbishop Carlson, I informed him
that the Archdiocese of St. Louis had -- falsely -- accused me
of having made Terroristic Threats against the Archdiocese...
CO: ...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…
SP: Can I comment on that? So we
never, to my knowledge, called it a “Terroristic Threat.”
That’s fine. That’s the the name of the file of the investigation.
SP: All I can do is say, “I’m sorry.”
...and I asked him to make it clear to the people of St.
Louis that I did no such thing.
Seven months later, he has not.