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‘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.

Jury rules in favor of Fr. Jiang, archdiocese in lawsuit

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.

Charges dropped against priest accused of abuse

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office dismissed criminal charges June 17 against a former associate pastor at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish in the Central West End of St. Louis.

St. Louis priest faces new sexual abuse charges

Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang was charged April 18 in St. Louis with two felony counts of statutory sodomy of a minor under the age of 14.

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