“I didn’t do enough.”

“I didn’t do enough.”

That’s how one of the most heroic whistleblowers in Catholic history describes her efforts to expose predators and protect kids.

“I didn’t do enough.”

What haunting words. That must send a chill up the spine of anyone who works – or worked - for any Catholic entity in Minnesota. 

That’s what Jennifer Haselberger told the Associated Press the other day.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/church-whistleblower-didnt-20647027

Haselberger was, for years, a high ranking archdiocesan chancery office staffer in the Twin Cities.

When she saw that her church colleagues and supervisors were ignoring or hiding evidence of possible crimes by predatory priests (including Fr. Jon Shelley and Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer), she spoke up and stepped down.

She’s done more to expose continuing clergy sex cirmes and cover ups than perhaps any Catholic employee since Fr. Thomas Doyle.

Even so, she now feels like she “didn’t do enough.”

Imagine how her former peers – in the chancery office, in parishes, in parochial schools – will feel years from now when the teacher or seminarian or nun or priest or brother who they suspected might have acted inappropriately with a child is arrested for child sex crimes (like Fr. Wehmeyer was) or for adult sex crimes (like Fr. Mark Huberty was) or found guilty in court (like Fr. Robert Kapoun was) or suspended (like Fr. Michael Keating was).

You get the point: there are lots of Catholic employees in the Twin Cities who have hurt kids and adults. Lots of other Catholic employees have hunches or information or suspicions about them. Most, however, stay silent. Few find the courage to do what Haselberger did.

And many, maybe right now or more likely later in life, will come to regret their inaction. They’ll end up guilt-ridden, because they “didn’t do enough” to ameliorate the suffering of those already hurt and “didn’t do enough” to prevent the suffering of those who were hurt AFTER they chose to stay comfortable in their silence.

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  • followed this page 2013-11-12 12:55:36 -0600
  • commented 2013-10-26 17:44:51 -0500
    “….He (McDonough) told the archbishop and Eisenzimmer that he had spoken with a nun who had expressed concerns about Keating over the years.

    The “bottom line” to that conversation, McDonough wrote, was that she was certain Keating had never committed a sexual act with any underage girl before or after his ordination.

    “On the other hand, she expressed a great deal of concern about a longstanding pattern of behavior that she knows to have influenced several women, including herself,” McDonough wrote.

    “I proposed to her the phrase ‘inattentive seductiveness’ and she said that she thought that was very accurate,” he wrote…."

    Okay, you make the call…….which of the two is more professional and ethical?………Archdiocesan “investigative skills” or their “child protection skills”? Forget both items, where the hell is the LOGIC?

    In Philadelphia, our leadership uses the phrase “boundary violations” in place of your “inattentive seductiveness”. The rest of the US Catholic faithful understand such conduct as “sexual abuse”.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
  • commented 2013-10-25 12:42:47 -0500
    Thanks for the words of wisdom, Barbara Dorris. And, Mike Ference, you go!!!
  • commented 2013-10-25 11:47:34 -0500
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    Read the new blog entry by @snapdorris “I didn’t do enough.” http://www.snapnetwork.org/_i_didn_t_do_enough?recruiter_id=21019