He was the U.S bishops top abuse guy. And he never called the cops.

Not once.

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.

Not once.

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?



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  • Patricia Sulecki
    commented 2014-08-10 10:50:40 -0500
    the way I see it and mind you I’m sure thousands of other people do also" and I’m not saying this to take away from what the Nazis did " to the Jews,Polish all Nationalities (The Holocaust) The horrible things the Nazis did;" With the Priest, Nuns, Pope, Vatican; horrible abuse on children;“starving children,abusing, rape ,torture,murder,burying baby” children’s bodies in septic tanks ; tell me" what is the difference between the ( Catholic Church & the Nazis ? )……… for a while they were able to stop the Nazis " and now we have the Neo Nazis / SSPX…………………but " what I don’t get" they were never able to stop the Pope,Priest,Nuns,The Vatican……mmmmmmmmWonder Why ????

    SSPX is a growing danger because they have six seminaries, three universities and 70 primary and secondary schools around the globe. In addition to Williamson it has three other bishops, more than 550 priests and 200 priests in training. Are they training to incite another Holocaust? Pope Francis doesn’t talk about the real issues — these skeletons in the vatican closet.
  • Jonathan Hinck
    commented 2014-06-08 17:23:27 -0500
    There’s no way this could be happening with such lock-step uniformity across the Catholic hierarchy unless everyone was obeying orders from the top. What this country discovered during Watergate was that it was Nixon all along, not subordinates acting on their own.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-06-06 17:18:15 -0500
    Oh, this is so depressing. It sometimes really seems there will never be an end to the torture.

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