Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Alleged Victim Says Parish Didn't Do Enough

Another accusation of molestation by a priest. This allegation stems from an episode from 25+ years ago and the priest has been dead for over 20 years. Nonetheless, a suit has been filed against the St Louis Archdiocese and Archbishop Raymond Burke.

A Missouri man spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered while attending All Saints Catholic School in St. Peters.
The alleged victim has filed suit in St. Louis Circuit Court against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis and Archbishop Raymond Burke.

The complaint states Fr. Louis Kertz sexually abused him in 1981. Kertz died of cancer in 1985. He was 62.
The victim is said to have told his parents of the alleged fondling incident after returning home from being with the priest attending a movie at a drive-in.

The story also states that the victim is in his late 30's so the he must have been between 11 and 15 years. He asks his parents if the priest's actions were normal...Even though hindsight is 20/20, how can a parent not call the police over an incident like this? I can only imagine the restraint that would be required to keep from confronting and thrashing such a pervert, collar or not...I certainly would be unable to let something like this fester while not doing something about it.

[The victim] said his mother sought out another priest, Fr. Don Wester. The man said his mother explained what her son had revealed to her and the priest said her son was not the first to accuse Kertz of abuse.

The family believes that the priest did not do enough to address the issue. It seems to me that the parents didn't either.

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