The Archdiocesan Review Board works to ensure that persons who have been harmed by sexual abuse on the part of a member of the clergy or an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are given the care they need, and that no person with a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor will serve as a member of the clergy in active ministry or hold a position working in proximity to children. The board achieves this mission through the careful and thorough analysis of reports of sexual abuse and through outreach to victims of sexual abuse. The process of analysis includes, but is not limited to, receiving complaints, listening to victims, gathering information, and moving forward on complaints that appear to be credible. Any person who is accused is also asked to respond. The board also advises the archbishop on matters regarding allegations of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and employees and volunteers of the archdiocese.

The Archdiocesan Review Board has its roots in a committee that came into being in the 1980’s whose mission was to review allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.  This committee became known as the Gennesaret Committee in 1996, and it was renamed the Review Board after the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was promulgated in 2002.  The Board’s membership is stipulated to be composed chiefly of laypersons who are not employed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and who represent a variety of disciplines and occupations pertinent to issues surrounding the sexual abuse of minors, including mental health, medicine, education, and law enforcement.  The board chair is also to be held by a layperson who is not an employee of the Archdiocese.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator serves as an ex officio member of the board.