The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is being torn limb from limb by the hyper-liberal MSM in the Twin Cities.
There are some clerical abuse cases in the spotlight right now. It is a kind of perfect hideous storm. Homosexualists hate Archbp. Nienstedt with the intensity of a white-hot star for his support of the Marriage Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. Cases involving priests were mishandled. A former-employee has been showing the Archdiocese all the love that Herodias showed John the Baptist. And the notorious Catholic Church hater lawyer Jeff Anderson has his HQ in St. Paul. Add to that some real bungling and the over-arching liberalism of the metropolis and you get serious problems for the Archdiocese.
I don’t know how this will play out, but from where I sit it looks pretty ugly. I grieve for my home town.
Today I saw an article in the local paper with an line that fired me up. Ever-more-invasive and hostile judges are demanding documents that have little to do with the actual cases under scrutiny. They are demanding files concerning any priest ever accused, credibly or not. Get this:
Judge John Van de North also ordered the archdiocese to create a list of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors since 2004. The list, which must be prepared by Feb. 18, is in addition to a list of clergy accused before 2004, which was released in December and would include all priests who had been the subject of abuse complaints, not just those church officials had determined were “credibly accused.”
I ask you.
Can you think of any other group in recent U.S. history (besides the unborn) whose civil rights have been trampled on by the U.S. courts more than Roman Catholic priests?
Being accused with no credible evidence is enough to have your name and reputation destroyed permanently.