Statement from Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke, Vicar for Priests

June 27, 2012
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St. Louis —The Archdiocese of St. Louis has placed Fr. Joseph Jiang, who is the Associate Pastor at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on administrative leave following a report involving alleged inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor. None of the conduct is alleged to have occurred at the Cathedral or on any archdiocesan property.

The Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection notified Missouri Division of Family Services immediately upon learning of the allegations and this matter is under investigation. The archdiocese is fully cooperating with this investigation.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Phil Hengen, the Director of the Office for Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7704 or the civil authorities.