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February 14, 2020
I am a survivor of abuse in St. Louis, MO.
I was sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted -- raped -- by Fr. LeRoy Valentine at the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Abuse that started during during Face To Face confession, despite which my abuser remains a priest.
Abuse that, at least in part, was witnessed by then Father and now Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.
I'm writing to let you know that the Archdiocese of St. Louis is violation of multiple aspects of Vos estis lux mundi, particularly...
Art. 5 – Care for persons
§1. ...those who state that they have been harmed, together with their families, are to be treated with dignity and respect, and, in particular, are to be...
c) offered medical assistance, including therapeutic and psychological assistance...
§2. The good name and the privacy of the persons involved, as well as the confidentiality of their personal data, shall be protected.
First, and most grievously, as the Archdiocese of St. Louis makes clear on its own website, they -- despite the enaction of VOS ESTIS -- offer survivors of abuse nothing in terms of help.
Except for thoughts and prayers.
This was confirmed to me during my March 26, 2019 meeting with Archbishop Robert Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Sandra Price: 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.
I explained all this to you in my previous letter, which I believe Cardinal Sean O'Malley delivered personally in September 2019.
However, I've heard nothing in reply.
Second, while my abuse was privately acknowledged by Sandra Price of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has publicly told the people of St. Louis that I'm lying...
…when asked to comment on O’Leary’s account, “The archdiocese’s record of Mr. O’Leary’s allegations are significantly different...” Jones also said the information O’Leary shared initially changed multiple times...
Despite the enaction of VOS ESTIS and my having made multiple personal appeals to him both before and after June 1, 2019, Archbishop Carlson refuses to retract the lies, clear my name, and restore my reputation.
Much less help me.
What's more, those public denials are now part of a Smear Campaign that involves lying to law enforcement.
Back in November, I was violated by an employee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Since 2017, I've been trying to make the Church and you aware of problems with how the Archdiocese of St. Louis treats survivors, but I've never received a reply.
Much less help.
So here I am again, coming up on nine months after VOS ESTIS went into effect, writing to let you know VOS ESTIS is not working in the Archdiocese of St. Louis; it has had no effect on the treatment of survivors by Archbishop Robert Carlson and ArchStL.
I'm survivor who's lost EVERYTHING at the hands of the Catholic Church, both back then and more recently.
PLEADING with you to help me.
But will you?
VOS ESTIS Violations by ArchStL
The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Archbishop Robert Carlson, even after VOS ESTIS went into effect, continue to...
What is needed is a VOS ESTIS investigation of Archbishop Robert Carlson, the Archdiocese of St. Louis (ArchStL), and the hierarchy of the Church itself, including the Papal Nuncio to the United States.
Present Violations Of Vos Estis
On March 26, 2019 I met with Archbishop Robert Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In the service of the truth and the Church, and so others can understand what it's like to -- try to -- get help from ArchStL, I recorded that meeting...
I have since transcribed that recording...
I gave ArchStL three months to act on or even just respond to the requests I made during that meeting; requests to end the Smear Campaign they are running against me, among other things.
When they didn't, I made the recording and transcript public.
This section uses the recording and transcript to document violations of VOX ESTIS that either stretched beyond, or occurred after, June 1, 2019.
Failure to Assist
As Sandra Price established during my March 26, 2019 meeting with Archbishop Carlson and her, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is not in compliance with VELM Article 5 §1 which requires dioceses to...
c) offered medical assistance, including therapeutic and psychological assistance, as required by the specific case.
As Price made clear during my meeting, and Archbishop Carlson concurred, ArchStL did not believe it has any such obligation...
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.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis will give you the NAME of a therapist, but they won't PAY for your therapy sessions, which tend to run $100 per hour.
What's more, I see no evidence that the attitude or beliefs of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has changed since June 1, 2019.
While shocking, that would explain the behavior I've experienced since 2011 -- the complete and utter failure to help me -- and that I document and discuss in...
During the March 26, 2019 meeting, +Carlson and Price mentioned that the provision of financial assistance is determined by a review board, but I have never been offered the chance to submit a claim or to even talk to the review board.
What good is a process/program if access to it is never offered to survivors?
If it's just a sham?
During my March 26, 2019 meeting I informed +Carlson of the fact that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been running a Smear Campaign against me since 2018...
…when asked to comment on O’Leary’s account, “The archdiocese’s record of Mr. O’Leary’s allegations are significantly different; however, due to a court order as well as our own ethical obligation, we are not at liberty to discuss Mr. O’Leary’s case.” Jones also said the information O’Leary shared initially changed multiple times by the time he broke off communication with the Office of Child and Youth Protection.
That's a flat out, bold-faced lie, the truth of which can be assessed using ArchStL's own words...
After informing Archbishop Carlson of the existence of the smear campaign, and the truth, I asked +Carlson to stop it.
To tell the truth.
To date, and continuing AFTER June 1, 2019 -- making it a violation of VELM -- no effort has been made by the Archdiocese of St. Louis to make it clear to the people of St. Louis that my story did not, in fact, change.
False Allegations of "Terroristic Threats"
In February 2018, The Archdiocese of St. Louis contacted the Shrewsbury, MO police and alleged that I had made "Terroristic Threats" against ArchStL and Archbishop Carlson.
However, during a March 26, 2019 meeting, Sandra Price admitted that those allegations were baseless...
SandraPrice: What happened… We had employees in our building who were aware of your Twitter account and saw some of the posts related to the Rock Salt and the Shotgun thing, which to me was very vague, but people were concerned...All I can do is say, “I’m sorry.”
During that meeting, I informed Archbishop Carlson of that incident and asked him to make it clear to the people of St. Louis that I hadn't actually made Terroristic Threats; that the rumors about me that were circulating in my former parish community, and that I suspect were started by ArchStL, had no basis in fact.
To date -- and despite my asking AFTER June 1, 2019 -- ArchStL has issued no such public, or even private, statement.
I don't even have a letter I can show my kids to prove I'm not lying.
And, still, nobody from my (former) parish will talk to me, I assume because they are scared of me.
Because the Archdiocese of St. Louis told them I'm crazy and dangerous and, despite my informing Archbishop Carlson of the Smear Campaign ArchStL is waging against me, and asking him to end it, back on March 26, 2019, he hasn't.
Smear Campaign as de facto