October 13, 2005

Former Arnold priest named in Philly grand jury report

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bill Phelan
Of the Suburban Journals
Jefferson County Journal

A former pastor at St. David's Catholic Church in Arnold is named in a Philadelphia grand jury report that blasts the Philadelphia Archdiocese for covering up accusations of sexual abuse by priests, including the Rev. Joseph R. Monahan.

Monahan was pastor at St. David's from January 1985 to December 1990, according to a spokesman for the St. Louis Archdiocese.

In a scathing report issued Sept. 21, a grand jury that first convened three years ago listed the names of 63 priests "whose abusive behavior was well-documented in archdiocese files and by witnesses who testified" before the grand jury.

Monahan, 68, was ordained a priest in 1962. He initially came to St. Louis in 1975 to seek treatment for alcoholism. He was incarnated into the St. Louis Archdiocese in 1980. From 1982 to 2002, Monahan was assigned to several St. Louis-area parishes, including St. David's.Advertisement

Posted by kshaw at October 13, 2005 07:39 PM