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What do survivors of abuse by priests deserve in terms of help?



Assuming you believe survivors deserve help, how do you feel knowing that the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers survivors of abuse by priests NOTHING besides thoughts and prayers.

Don't believe me?

See and listen for yoursef.

Shame of St. Louis

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is in open violation of the Pope's new mandate VOS ESTIS in refusing to assist survivors, and they aren't even trying to hide it.

ArchStL Web Site

The Archdiocese of St. Louis discusses what it does to protect children and to help survivors on its web site.

The thing to notice is that, while there are two components to the USCCB's response to the sexual abuse crisis...

  • Promise to Protect
  • Pledge to Heal

...the Archdiocese of St. Louis only promises to do the first.

It completely ignores the Pledge to Heal graphically and content-wise and you have to dig to find it addressed under "RESOURCES."

The ONLY thing offered to survivors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are "healing" masses.

Archbishop Carlson Meeting

In its communications, the USCCB has also mentioned the concept of an Assistance Coordinator to help survivors.

I brought this topic up when I met with Archbishop Carlson on March 26, 2019.

CO: I was never offered the services or told of the existence of an Assistance Coordinator...
SP: What is your understanding of what an Assistance Coordinator does?
CO: Well, that they are supposed to, you know, help set up, arrange for treatment, and help pay for treatment.
SP: OK. 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 THERAPY.

As for "the determination if the therapy would to be paid for" that was the first I'd heard of such a thing. The topic was never discussed with me when I was trying to get help after coming forward, again, in 2011.

I have no idea how to access such a program if, in fact, it actually exists.

And I've asked to speak to the review board and that request was denied.