February 22, 2005

Archbishop apologizes to sex abuse victim

Centre Daily

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - The mail brought an apology letter for at least one man sexually abused by a priest.

Tim Fischer received a letter from Archbishop Raymond Burke that had been promised under a December settlement with the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Fischer, 43, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the letter he received Saturday was important to him because his abuser, the late Rev. Norman Christian, once told him: "'Who are they going to believe - you or a priest?'"

More than 30 victims and parents have been waiting for apology letters from Burke.

Burke's spokesman, Jamie Allman, said he did not know how if Fischer's letter was the only one sent out on Friday but that all of the remainder would be sent by the end of this week.

Advocates for priest abuse victims told the Post-Dispatch that apology letters are difficult to obtain.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2005 05:44 PM