ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Archdiocese is calling it “an apology,” but a survivors group stops short of saying it’s sorry for allegations made against a Catholic priest who has now been cleared.
Father Joseph Jiang was accused of criminal sexual misconduct with two separate minors. Both cases have been dropped by prosecutors. And Jiang won a civil case stemming from one of the criminal cases.
The Archdiocese released a statement saying “SNAP apologizes to Archdiocese and falsely accused priest.”
But SNAP’s Executive Director Barbara Dorris says if you read the statement carefully, SNAP does not admit any wrongdoing in the Jiang case.
“We’re saying if we made a false allegation about anyone, we would apologize to them,” Dorris said. “As far as we know, we made no false allegation or false statements about Father Jiang.”
“The SNAP defendants never want to see anyone falsely accused of a crime. Admittedly, false reports of clergy sexual abuse do occur. The SNAP defendants have no personal knowledge as to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang and acknowledge that all matters and claims against Fr. Jiang have either been dismissed or adjudicated in favor of Fr. Jiang. SNAP acknowledges that false claims of clergy sexual abuse injure those clerics falsely accused and the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP apologizes for any false or innacurate statements related to the complaints against Far. Joseph Jiang that it or its representatives made which in any way disparaged Fr. Joseph Jiang, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Monsignor Joseph D. Pine and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”