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Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 21:25 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News -- Write a comment

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A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.

Jennifer Haselberger, who spent five years as Archbishop John Nienstedt’s archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law, also charged that the church used a chaotic system of record-keeping that helped conceal the backgrounds of guilty priests who remained on assignment.

Haselberger said that when she started examining records in 2008 of clergy under restrictions over sex misconduct with adults and children she found “nearly 20″ of the 48 men still in ministry. She said she repeatedly warned Nienstedt and his aides about the risk of these placements, but they took action only in one case. As a result of raising alarms, she said she was eventually shut out of meetings about priest misconduct. She resigned last year.

“Had there been any serious desire to implement change, it could have been done quickly and easily with the stroke of a single pen,” Haselberger wrote in the affidavit, released Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson. “The archbishop’s administrative authority in his diocese is basically unlimited.”

  1. This one dovetails nicely with Desiato’s question what power the Pope has. So, either he is in on the cover-up, or he asked “who runs Bartertown” and came up with the wrong answer…

  2. It’s a resource issue. They are so short of priests that they were prepared to ignore child abuse. (Also they were bringing priests from India into Canada, for example, in a rather nice inversion of the missionary position.) Without priests, the money stops rolling in…

    I don’t care if their religion survives (it doesn’t deserve to) but even I can see the solution.

  3. The devil made them do it? Which religion is this?

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