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?
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
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