Clergy abuse

‘By the grace of God,’ Father Joseph Jiang makes it through five-year quest to clear his name

Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang prayed before a relic of the true cross in the sacristy before he celebrated Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Nov. 29. Father Jiang recently settled a defamation lawsuit against Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which issued an apology to him and the archdiocese.

As associate pastor of Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang celebrates Masses, hears confessions, answers sacramental emergencies and more; in other words, the usual stuff of a typical priestly ministry for which all priests are thankful, but Father Jiang even more so.

For five years, his priestly ministry was in limbo at best, in doubt at worst.

Abuse allegation reported against retired priest

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Father Dennis B. Zacheis. The acts are alleged to have occurred while he was an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Mehlville from 1975 to 1979. Father Zacheis denies the allegation.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, in consultation with the Review Board of the archdiocese, made the allegation known for the sake of openness and transparency.

Abuse allegation reported against retired priest

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against a retired priest, Father John Robert "Jack" Campbell, which occurred in the 1960s at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury.

Jury rules in favor of Fr. Jiang and archdiocese

A jury in Lincoln County took little time April 6 to find in favor of both Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis in a civil lawsuit that alleged the priest had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in 2012. In the trial, the plaintiff sought more than $1 million in compensatory damages. The jury began deliberations just past 1 p.m. and returned the verdict just before 3 p.m.

Notice given of abuse allegation against suspended priest

Parishes where suspended archdiocesan priest Father Thomas Graham served are being notified of a decades-old but recently reported allegation of sexual abuse against him.

Pope meets with clergy abuse victims, says crimes can't be secret

Pope Francis met with Church leaders at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., Sept. 27. The pope met with survivors of abuse by their priests, teachers or family at the seminary prior to addressing the bishops and other Church leaders.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis met with a group of survivors of sexual abuse Sept. 27 and later told bishops that he was overwhelmed by a sense of embarrassment and was committed to holding accountable those who harmed children.

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