Clergy abuse

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.

Pope OKs plan to investigate, judge bishops who fail to act on abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved new procedures for the Vatican to investigate and judge claims of "abuse of office" by bishops who allegedly failed to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse.

The procedures will include a new "judicial section" within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that has a papal mandate to "judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors," the Vatican said in a written statement June 10.

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