St. Louis priest files federal lawsuit after being cleared of child sex abuse charges

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The Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang claims in the suit filed Thursday in St. Louis that false abuse accusations were the result of religious and ethnic discrimination. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang claims in the suit filed Thursday in St. Louis that false abuse accusations were the result of religious and ethnic discrimination. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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ST. LOUIS -- A Roman Catholic priest whose charges of sexual abuse of a boy were dropped this month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was unfairly targeted by police, the city and advocates for sexual abuse victims.

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  • Bill Guentner

    Great. It is about time to fight back against those who see the Church as a bank to which they can take money by filing false charges. Go Father, and may God be with you.

  • JR

    Good for the priest….I hope he wins millions.

  • Greg1

    Now that we know “he” was a victim, and not some teenage boy, then go get ’em Father. Use the tactics of the Left to soak ’em for all you can get. Then go feed the poor with the money.

  • GP

    Good that someone is fighting back. It is about time that those who want to harm the Catholic Church understands that what we want is justice and truth. Hang in there, Father. Let this be a part of your ministry too – an example for everyone not to be cowed by the secularist threats.

  • Barry the Baptist

    Good to see that this priest is not just going to “turn the other cheek.” He needs to let those sinners know what some good ol’ fashioned church justice is REALLY like.

  • Biagio

    Being Christian does not mean being mindless! Let us pray for the 12 year old and the police who did not do their job! Now, let’s sue them as is our right! The church has enough real issues to combat, let’s fight to make sure now are contrived!

  • Karen

    I agree! It is about damn time that the tables are turned. I am getting sick and tired of the open season on our good Catholic priests! Go get them, Father! I am praying for you!

  • Garson Abuita

    The priest was not “cleared” of anything. That’s not what dropping the charges means. Prosecutors can drop charges or decline to prosecute for all sorts of reasons. Without knowing more, it is impossible to say whether he will win. That’s especially true for the police defendants. If they had probable cause to arrest the priest, and it sounds from the article like they did (it’s not a high burden), that part of the suit will be dismissed.

  • Amazed to see good faith Catholics “leap to defense” of accused predator. As a mental health therapist I am cautious in these cases, partially because it is not easy to make an accusation and it is also hard to prove in a court of law.

  • When I was a kid I knew a kid who made a false claim. I never heard of such a thing when I was that age so I ignored him. I regret that I was not mature enough to say something. But on the other hand I learned as an adult that telling can come back to get you. Everything goes both ways. It is a terrible thing that that kid did. He did it to get attention. I pray Rev. Jiang gets peace and closure. I so very much hope for that. And for the , I’m sure, many others who have been falsely accused. How sad that there is actually a lay organization solely to prey on those effected individuals. Be strong father. We need you to be.

  • Great. It is about time to fight back against those who see the Church as a bank to which they can take money by filing false charges. Go Father, and may God be with you.
    Also, those who target the church or priest need to think twice before attacking.

  • Lifelong Catholic

    Amazing that so many will arrive at a judgement of either guilt or innocence based on so few facts. SNAP certainly does this whenever an accusation is made. But, is it any better when it is done on the other side. When we know many priests have been abusers do we want to begin with the assumption that any accuser is lying and only looking for money.

    I have been close enough to several of the situations to know that the situation is always more complex than the few facts that appear in the newspaper. Jiang is exercising his constitutional right in defense of his own good name. Perhaps information will come out that will exonerate him. Until then, I would withhold judgement.

  • I am sick of people going after priest because of a few sick individuals who have been planted in the catholic church. All priests get a bad rap because of a few bad eggs. I have news for you people who condemn those great men who give their lives to God and his children. They pray for you day in and day out. So next time you are ready to put them down or criticize them, think twice. It may be their prayers that save your precious souls.

  • Niki Apanavicius

    “Amazed to see good faith Catholics “leap to defense” of accused predator.” Here’s one of the problems, in print. The person who began their post with this statement can’t believe anyone would support someone who’s been accused of something. Being accused is very different from being convicted.You can’t unring a bell. Anyone who has heard the bell will question whether or not the accused can possibly be innocent. Rumors should have no place in a just society.

  • I will pray for this priest. He should fight back if he is innocent. The Church is an easy target.

  • Chow Yung Skinny

    The priest like any American citizen living in the US have every right to use the court system. Even rapist have used it although we all find it digusting and very amusing of how the table turns on them. Right now, let the court system work and that is that.

  • Jiang is *not* a Catholic priest … he is a group leader for the vatican-2 heretic cult that was founded on 8 December 1965 at the Vatican … on the close date of the “vatican-2 council”.

    Jiang is automatically excommunicated for physical participation in heresy.

    Every single (apparent) bishop at the “council” approved the mountain of heresy in the “council” documents … this caused their automatic excommunication after which they could no longer Ordain priests.

    Mountains of proof > http://www.Immaculata-one.com

    For Jiang to become Christian (by entering the Catholic Church which has no buildings at this time) … he would have to make a Formal Abjuration of heresy and cease playacting as a priest in his heretic cult.

  • Nan

    Thank you for an appropriate comment. Who is the victim here? They all are. Instead of retaliation and/or revenge, the Word teaches how to reach out to enemies or to those who wrong us, and it is always with love. It is never about how we feel, for our feelings are opposite of the reactions God tells us to have. I agree with your response. We should be praying for the boy and his family. That child is confused and has a father that does not know how to respond in love to his worried child. I like the verse, “Vengence is mine,”says the Lord, “and I will repay.” God bless you.

  • Aaron

    What are you talking about?

  • Stephen M Collins

    And, as an American citizen, he can ONLY have his name cleared by trial in a court, either criminal or civil. Were the original charges criminal? Then the DA must have had good reason to dismiss those charges. It was probably NOT civil because ALL of those cases are against a Diocese (AKA “Bishop of N., a Corporation Sole”) wherein lies all the money to be doled our when the case is won. But, wait! Every Diocese has settled out court! I guess we’ll NEVER know any “truth” in any of those cases.

  • Larry Bennett

    One wonders how many priests, nuns, brothers, and lay-workers went to their graves accused unjustly for abuse in the Canadian Native residential schools. I have no doubt there were legitimate cases of abuse, physical and sexual, but I suspect much of it was a scam for crooked Natives and greedy lawyers, and others who didn’t offer their services to Native communities. it was left to various Christian communities with Catholic institutions being the most likely targets because of their vows of celibacy, which make them more suspect to such acts by secular enemies.

  • B

    Some excellent and insightful comments. As mentioned prosecutors can drop charges for many reasons and not comment on why. The only way to have a chance of knowing facts is for Father to pursue his case. Let everything here see as much daylight as possible.

  • Paul

    Bizzaro is right!

  • Rosie

    Amen

  • Mike

    Or, how many priest, nuns, and brothers went to their graves getting away with abusing the children because nobody dared to accuse them due to their status.