MN- Evidence shows church officials delayed reporting

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

Statement by Megan Peterson, Twin Cities SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (218-689-9049 cell, [email protected])

We are deeply disappointed in Twin Cities law enforcement officials.

Given what's happening in the Twin Cities – now and over the past five months – it is very tough for us to understand why subpoenas and search warrants haven't been used yet.

Police and prosecutors beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward, as they should. But police and prosecutors need to respect our pain by doing some real homework on the long-standing, widely-documented and on-going pattern of persistent deceit by Catholic officials – in Minnesota and across the world – in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases.

It speaks volumes that

–- the veteran archdiocesan abuse “handler,” Fr. Kevin McDonough, refuses to be questioned by police, and

–- the archbishop refuses to order McDonough to sit for questioning.

Those two simple and alarming facts scream “cover up” to anyone who's listening.

We could cite many examples, even recent ones (like Bishop Robert Finn in Kansas City), in which high ranking Catholic officials have hidden evidence from law enforcement officials. But look at the case of Fr. Gerald Robinson in Toledo, who is now in prison for brutally murdering a nun.

Police investigators arrested him and asked diocesan staff for Fr. Robinson's personnel file. They were given three pages.

Police then executed two “no knock” search warrants on the diocese. They recovered hundreds and hundreds of pages of more records, records that had never been turned over to the police. Those records led to Fr. Robinson's conviction.

Despite our disappointment, we join with Twin Cities law enforcement in begging those with information or suspicions about clergy sex crimes and cover up to call police and prosecutors. Our justice system isn't perfect. But it's our best chance of protecting kids, exposing criminals and deterring crimes.

Finally, we beg police and prosecutors to stop sugar-coating the truth about the alleged “cooperation” by church officials. Nienstedt and his staff are doing the absolute bare minimum because they fear going to jail. That's self-preservation, not cooperation.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]

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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-01-30 14:05:43 -0600
    I think and believe that it is truly sad when members of SNAP have “beg” police and prosecutors, about anything. If I were directly involved in the situation there, I think I would prefer, to simply ASK and REQUEST repeatedly, (like a broken record player) that the police and prosecutors stop “sugar-coating the truth” about the church officials who are actually, criminals under US laws, in that they have abetted and enabled the pedophile priests.
    I am curious if anyone at SNAP has heard anything this week about Roger Mahoney again being sought for prosecution? I live in California, and I heard part of a TV news broadcast that said new charges were being brought against him. I think that was on Monday, Jan. 27th and I’m not sure if it was broadcast on the national news, or only the local news.
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