Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski recently was named in a lawsuit filed against
the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, by a victim of sexual abuse.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has stated that it does not respond to inquiries
regarding pending litigation against another diocese. Archbishop Rozanski
served as head of the Diocese of Springfield from 2014-2020. However, the
archdiocese recently shared materials regarding the case that provide
A news conference was held in 2020 announcing the results of the
investigation and Archbishop Rozanski’s directives following those results
being made public. See bit.ly/3a7PS3x.
In that news conference, Judge Peter Velis, who led the investigation into the
allegations of sexual abuse by former Bishop Christopher Weldon, said that the
investigation would have never taken place “but for Bishop Rozanski being
troubled and plagued with the thoughts that this matter had not been resolved.”
Judge Velis also credited Archbishop Rozanski for bringing in the right
people to implement a culture of change in an interview with New England Public
Media. See bit.ly/3cZISHH.
The Springfield Republican, the major paper for the Western Massachusetts
region, also wrote an op-ed following the results of the Velis Report which
credited Archbishop Rozanski for setting “in motion a path for change that is a
departure from decades of the clergy acting as its own judge and jury.” See bit.ly/3p9lb2n.
Following the results of the report, Archbishop Rozanski added Bishop
Weldon’s name to the list of clergy with credible accusations of child abuse,
had his name removed from all places of honor, and his remains moved from an
honorable position in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.