On July 1, 2019, as I was dealing with the anniversary of
That Day, I received
an e-mail from Sandra Price of the Archdiocese of St.
July 1, 2019
I wanted to follow up with you as I received
a call from Melanie at the USCCB. At this time we will no longer
be engaging with you in any capacity due to the unauthorized
recording you posted to your twitter account on June 30, 2019.
Because you were unable to adhere to the conditions of the
meeting that I arranged for you with Archbishop Carlson I will
not request or arrange any further meetings. Going forward
please do not expect a response from the Archdiocese
regarding meeting requests with the Archbishop of St. Louis.
This decision in part is due to the lack of
consideration given for the other potential victims that you
named during our meeting. It is very important for victims to
have control over their stories and when they share them and who
they share them with.
It is one thing to provide us with
information in a confidential setting, however, exposing a
potential victim on social medial is an ethical violation that
we cannot condone.
In addition if you choose to post this
email please share the entire email as written. Should you
choose to misquote or take this email out of context you waive
your right to confidentiality with this single email response.
Thank you for your understanding.
The worst part of that e-mail — the thing that literally
scared the shit out of me — is the following line.
...you waive your right to confidentiality with this single
Threatening to reveal confidential information about a
survivor — I guess information gained during the discovery
process of the lawsuit I filed and gleaned from medical or
therapy records — would seem to be problematic; to violate the spirit, if
not the law, of the Pope's recent efforts to improve the
response of the church to the abuse crisis.