It’s disturbing that Minnesota Catholic officials stayed silent about these serious and credible allegations for days.
Days of delay enable criminals to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and even flee the country.
It’s irresponsible for Catholic officials to sit on crucial information that could protect kids while they selfishly wait for a more opportune time to release it.
Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Wehmeyer's crimes (or misdeeds by any Catholic employee) will find the strength and courage to step forward, call police, protect kids, expose wrongdoing and start healing.
And let’s hope that Catholic officials will show compassion and use their vast resources to aggressively seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and urge them to call police so these predators can be jailed and so that our kids can be safer.