St. Louis Archdiocese Releases New Sex Abuse Allegations Against St. Louis Priest

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Archbishop Robert Carlson, who says the allegations of sexual abuse against Alexander Lippert are "credible."
Father Alexander Lippert, a Catholic priest who served in eleven St. Louis-area parishes over 33 years, sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, according to the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert Carlson says a report accusing Lippert of abusing a minor is credible, the archdiocese announced last week. Since Lippert died in April 2000 and can't respond to the allegations, the archdiocese has officially ruled the report of sexual abuse as "credible though unsubstantiated."

The archdiocese did not release details about the abuse or the victim, who was a minor at the time.

See also: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Can't Remember If He Knew Raping Kids Is a Crime

The archdiocese said it would post bulletins about the allegations against Lippert in the parishes where he served or resided. Lippert was assigned to Holy guardian Angels parish in south St. Louis in April 1956; Immaculate Conception in Union in July 1959; St. Liborius in north St. Louis in 1961; St. Teresa in north St. Louis in 1963; St. Ferdinand in Florissant in 1965; St. Aloysius in Spanish Lake in May 1968; St. Paul the Apostle in Pine Lawn (resided, during leave of absence) in July 1970; Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) in Downtown St. Louis in June 1980; St. Catherine of Alexandria in Coffman in November 1980; St. Ambrose in south St. Louis in May 1983; and St. Thomas of Aquin in south St. Louis in April 1986.

The archdiocese says the abuse occurred in the early 1970s, when Lippert was living in Pine Lawn. Lippert took a sick leave in July 1988, retired in January 1991 and died nine years later, according to the archdiocese.

See also: St. Louis Archdiocese Dismisses Victim's Abuse Claims as Lies, "Personal Issues" (VIDEO)

But posting bulletins to the churches where Lippert served isn't enough, say advocates at Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a leading local group working to expose abuse in the church. The group wants the archdiocese to read the bulletin from church pulpits so other possible victims can come forward to police.

"Today's disclosure is a tiny, belated and begrudging step forward down a long, long road," SNAP says in a statement. "Disclosing the identity of predators is a bare minimum first step. Catholic officials -- past and present -- must do much more to warn parishioners and the public about child molesting clerics and aggressively seek out and support those who could put those predators behind bars -- victims, witnesses and whistleblowers."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Gary Berry
Gary Berry

I would not know if there is truth or fiction into the allegations. I am sure of one thing, once someone suggest or charges are brought, it is like the judge and jury have already done their job. It seems people are convicted even if they are innocent. I see one person says hang him. Let the jury deal with it. Let the proof convict the man if there is proof. He may be guilty for all I know and if so he should have to pay the crime. But if he is innocent for goodness sake treat him as innocent until proven guilty. That is suppose to be our system of justice.

Gina Evans
Gina Evans

You evil people! Leave these children alone! There is a reserved place in hell for those who commit these horrible acts, yet claim to serve GOD!

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Baptism at 6 weeks. ..48 now , know well over 100 priest. ..never a problem. Don't bash what you can't prove.....okay

Sam Romine
Sam Romine

I think the word your searching for was "child rapist" not "abuser" Call him what he was.

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

The man should be executed!

Ray Brockman
Ray Brockman

Carlson is as Guilty as anyone of the pedophile's.He ought to be prosecuted.

Susie Nicholson
Susie Nicholson

It's a response to what he did. I know he is dead but as one of his victims, that could have been my response.

Donna Hofbauer Young
Donna Hofbauer Young

Does it really surprise anyone? Quit harboring them and start turning them in

Brittney Jasper
Brittney Jasper

"Hang him".... Read the article!!! He has been dead for 14 years. Love when people want to voice their opinions but don't know what they're talking about.

Brie Miller
Brie Miller

Carlson would be the authority figure in the matter of touching little kids. Takes one to know one. Of course, I can't remember if that was a crime back then...

Brie Miller
Brie Miller

Changing parishes every 2 or 3 years. That's not weird. Not at all.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Another priest of the crooked Catholic church! Imagine that! How many have been found out about now??? Thousands?? How many in hiding?? How many are covered up and paid off by the Churches??

snapjudy
snapjudy

It takes a ton of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a sexual predator has only one victim. Some have many, so let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr Alexander Lippert, will find the courage to come forward, get help, and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened or even if he is dead.

Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
SNAP,  Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

cletus3
cletus3

I am one of his victims. He is not innocent.

snapjudy
snapjudy

He may be dead, but his victims are most likely still alive and suffering...They need to know that their is help and they are not alone.

Zygion
Zygion

@snapjudy Oh My God,seeing this article is shocking.  This guy exposed himself to me in the rectory at Holy Angels in the mid-fifties. I don't know what else he did because my memory is blank after the moment he exposed himself. I do, however, remember what he said. He had 3 dolls on a couch in or near his room. He said I could choose one. I wanted them all. He said I was selfish. I thought to myself, no I'm not. I deserve them all. Then I wondered and worried whether or not he offered them to my best friend.

snapjudy
snapjudy

@Zygion @snapjudy how many others have been harmed by
Lippert? How many allegations does Carlson have against him? It's time for the truth to be exposed... for sure..


tks for sharing.. hope you are ok?  Judy

cletus3
cletus3

@snapjudy @Zygion Well, I was in the fifties. The case Carlson is talking about was in the seventies so he could have abused hundreds of children for 20+ years. Just like the pastor at Holy Angels, William Peopperling, who was a particularly vicious pedophile. It's mind boggling how many people just these two could have hurt.

snapjudy
snapjudy

@cletus3 @snapjudy @Zygion I am so sorry.... He could have been stopped. but Carolson chose to protect him instead of the innocent kids... ugh..! What ever you know, don't hetitate to report to police ..ok.. it is never to late to report to police, no matter how long ago it happened...


hang in there, J

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