He was the U.S bishops top abuse guy. And he never called the cops.
Over a span of 18 years, that's how often the one-time head of the US bishops child sex abuse panel called police about admitted, proven or credibly accused predator priests.
That's also how often he told others on his staff to call police about admitted, proven or credibly accused predator priests.
How do we know this?
Because these are admissions made under oath by the prelate himself – the now-retired Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn.
“Well, maybe Flynn never called the cops - or told others to do so - because there were no pedophile priests in his archdiocese?” one might wonder.
Hardly. There are 53 publicly accused child molesting clerics in his archdiocese. (The number of actual child molesting clerics is, of course, no doubt much higher. And that doesn't count the predators who technically belong to a religious order or another diocese that were working in the St. Paul archdiocese and molested kids.)
And let's look closely at what years those were: 1995-2008. So part of Flynn's tenure heading the Twin Cities church (2002-2008) were after 2002, the year when Flynn and his brother bishops emphatically and repeatedly pledged – in a formal and allegedly binding new church policy – to call police about known and suspected child sex crimes by clergy.
And the other part of Flynn's tenure (1995-2002) were after 1992-1993, when a "wave" of national coverage of the church's abuse and cover up crisis happened. (It involved Fr. James Porter in Massachusetts.)
So during all of the time Flynn was in charge of a major archdiocese, he never once called the police or told one of his many underlings to call the police to report possible child sex crimes.
And adding insult to injury, Flynn was also one of the “architects” of the national abuse policy, the one that allegedly mandates that bishops call the police in abuse cases.
So if Flynn's not calling the police, want to bet his colleagues aren't either?
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.