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Archdiocese of St. Louis ordered to produce 20 years of documents on sexual abuse / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A judge has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Louis to produce two decades worth of internal documents on sexual abuse allegations.

“Thomas J. Prebil is only the second judge to attempt to compel the archdiocese to hand over such an extensive number of records.

“The order, released earlier this week (week of Mar. 9), is part of a civil lawsuit filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court involving the parents of a man from Florissant who sued the archdiocese over the suicide of their son …

“The documents are needed in order to show that the archdiocese had a pattern of reassigning problem priests, plaintiff lawyers argue.

“The records are also essential in proving that the archdiocese made such reassignments knowing they would almost certainly lead to further harm — the burden of proof plaintiff lawyers in Missouri need to meet in sexual abuse lawsuits involving priests such as (Bryan) Kuchar.”

By Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Ordinations signal growing popularity of Latin Catholic Mass / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When Pope Francis was first elected, he appeared to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square without the short, red velvet cape known as a mozzetta. Some Roman Catholics immediately cried foul, worried the pope’s decision to forgo the more formal wear signaled a threat to traditional Catholic worship.

Specifically, they fretted over the fate of the old Latin Mass, now in the hands of a papacy that seemed to shrug off pomp and circumstance.

But more than one year into Francis’ reign, the Tridentine Mass, as it is sometimes called, appears to be alive and well. Decades after the Roman Catholic Church moved away from celebrating Mass in Latin, a throwback movement is growing, in many cases with the young leading the charge.

By Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Claims to Be Uncertain If He Knew Sexual Abuse Was a Crime / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claimed to be uncertain that he knew sexual abuse of a child by a priest constituted a crime when he was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to a deposition released Monday.

“During the deposition taken last month, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson whether he knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child.

“‘I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.’”

By Lilly Fowler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The Vatican Giveth & the Vatican Taketh Away

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest Who Altered Prayers at Mass

“An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. The Vatican’s reversal means he can celebrate Mass in another diocese, Rowe said, as long as he has the local bishop’s approval. Others, however, disputed that interpretation of the decree.” By Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in National Catholic Reporter

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