Rev. Charles Robert Manning

Summary of Case: Ordained as a priest of the St. Louis archdiocese in 1997, Manning was transferred to Colorado Springs in 2007. In January 2012 an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor surfaced. The Colorado Springs police launched an investigation and Manning was placed on leave by the diocese.

: 1997


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Louis archbishop was Justin Francis Rigali (1994-2003)

2001 St. Alban Roe Glencoe MO 2/2, 2/3

St Alban's had a religious education program with 840-1,112 students.

2001 2002         Manning is not indexed in the 2002 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.


RIgali was succeeded by Raymond Leo Burke (2003-2008)

2004 St. Lawrence the Martyr Bridgeton MO 1/1 St. Lawrence had a school. It also had a religious education program with 186-155 students.
2003 2004 Archdiocesan Council of Priests St. Louis MO    
2004 2007 St. John Lateran Imperial MO 1/1 St. John's had a school with 120-103 students, and a religious education program with 165-122 students.


Colorado Springs bishop was Michael John Sheridan (2003-)

2011 St. Gabriel the Archangel

Colorado Springs


CO 1/1, 1/2

St. Gabriel's had a religious education program with 150-501 students.

The Colorado Springs police received a report Jan. 4, 2012 that Manning had sexually abused a minor. On Jan. 21, 2012 the diocese announced that Manning was asked to step down during the investigation.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1998-2011)

Archbishop's Appointments, St. Louis Review, June 24, 2004
Archbishop Burke Announces Archdiocesan Priest Appointments, St. Louis Review, June 05, 2007
Church: Springs Priest Faces Sex-Abuse Probe, By Ryan Maye Handy, The Gazette, January 21, 2012
Congregants Told Pastor Is Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Denver Post, January 22, 2012
Former St. Louis Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse, KMOV, January 22, 2012
Local Priest on Leave Amidst Allegations, By Rachel Welte, Colorado Connection, January 22, 2012
Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, KKTV, January 23, 2012
Colorado Springs Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, By Lindsay Watts, KRDO, January 23, 2012
Colo. Springs Priest Accused of Sexual Assault, KJCT, January 24, 2012
SNAP Accuses Archbishop of Sweeping Abuse Case “under the Rug”,By Brian Kelly, CBS St. Louis, January 26, 2012
Victims" Group Demands Answers about Springs" Priest, By Ryan Maye Handy, The Gazette, January 27, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on Feb. 1, 2012