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SNAP Press Release
Research group to probe Twin Cities Catholic archdiocese
It finds a "bizarre & troubling irregularity" in priest assignments
At least five alleged child molesting clerics get deceptive work listings
Dozens of such designations raise questions about still-hidden predators
Boston-based organization begs church employees to be “whistleblowers”
Along with SNAP, it worries about ongoing secrecy with records of pedophiles
Along with SNAP, the Boston group is
Finally, the two organizations will also prod current and former Catholic church members and employees to search their consciences and memories, and step forward with any information about allegations against St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocesan priests, so that kids will be safer.
The discovery was made as BishopAccountability.org is beginning to give local church officials added scrutiny. That’ because in April, the Twin Cities Catholic hierarchy succeeded in persuading Ramsey County Judge Gregg Johnson to block the public release of dozens of accused archdiocesan priests. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/43310687.html?elr=KArks:DCiUHc3E7_V_nDaycUiacyKU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUs
The five clerics who were quietly moved to the chancery office are Robert Kapoun, Gilbert J. Gustafson, Michael G. Kolar, Richard H. Jeub and Joseph Wajda.
As long as the names of accused priests are kept secret in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and in the Diocese of Winona, the two groups contend, kids are in danger, parishioners are in doubt, the reputations of innocent priests suffer while the identifies of corrupt higher ups remain hidden.
Because the archbishop refuses to be more open, BishopAccountability.org has launched a project to examine the assignments of known accused priests in the archdiocese. In doing so, it has already identified particular positions where accused priests appear to have been ‘stored’ when accused. Some of those posts would give priests access to children and vulnerable adults, and conceal the real nature of the priests’ difficulties. The careers of other priests, besides the known accused clerics, appear to show the same patterns of assignment and concealment.
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