MN--"Keep accused priest off the job"
For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 10
Statement by Frank Meuers of Plymouth (952-334-5180, email@example.com)
The fate of a Twin Cities priest who has been accused of sexually exploiting adult women is now in the hands of Archbishop John Nienstedt, who is also accused of adult sexual misconduct.
For the safety of parishioners and the public, we beg Nienstedt to keep Fr. Mark Huberty off the job.
A jury says that Fr. Huberty’s offenses do not violate the law. But regardless of legal definitions, it’s clear that this priest has used his position, prestige and power to violate a trusting parishioner who came to him for counseling. By doing so, he has obviously crossed an ethical line. Nienstedt would be foolish and callous to once again give Fr. Huberty the power to exploit others.
The standard for giving someone a position of power must be "Can he act responsibly?" not just "Has he ever been convicted of seriously harming others?"
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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