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As early as the mid-1970s, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had in place a program to (try to) manage what had been identified and were known as "troubled" seminarians and priests.
My parish Immacolata, and my pastor Monsignor Cornelius Flavin, was part of the program.
Which is how and why I was sexually abused.
During the Winter of 2019-2020, while digging into the past of a now bishop who I had been told was an abuser while he was a diocesan priest, I found a document.
Combined with some other information I knew and have found, it makes it clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as early as the mid-1970s...
That program consisted of...
Obviously, the existence of such a program is a huge scandal because...
That also raises the question of why such troubled priests were "managed" and not expelled.
I can only assume it was because it was believed that these men were called — BY GOD — to be priests and the Archdiocese of St. Louis wasn't going to question that call.
Even though they knew in advance, to at least some degree, of those priests problems with young boys.
Parishes that were part of The Program included, at least, Immacolata in Richmond Heights and Mary Queen of Peace in Webster Groves.