MN-Victims blast Catholic officials for delay in child sex arrest

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.

Read more here:http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20935186/st-paul-priest-arrested-suspicion-sex-crime-minor

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commented 2012-06-25 22:46:43 -0500 · Flag
Yep, but he’s just a bishop. Bishop of Kansas City (where I live) and St. Joseph, both in Missouri. Trial is set for September. I can hardly wait. The diocese is also on trial, so he appointed the former Vicar General to represent the diocese. Former VC also misbehaved from time to time…
commented 2012-06-25 21:05:45 -0500 · Flag
Isn’t Archbishop Finn of Missouri going to be standing trial because he allegedly delayed taking responsible action on a priest, who was found with porn and also allegedly was responsible for questionable behavior around children?
commented 2012-06-25 18:53:36 -0500 · Flag
Note how old he was when ordained. Late “calling,” I suppose, or he found a really great place to hide.
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