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“Failing To Protect” Clergy Abuse Survivors


Today the Ramsey County Attorney’s office filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for “failing to protect children” from an abusive priest.  The charges arise from the actions of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer.

As reported by the Minneapolis Tribune:

    Today we are alleging a disturbing institutional and systemic pattern of behavior committed by the highest levels of leadership of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis over the course of decades, said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

This is a historic action and  involves a County Attorney who has been tentative to this point in bringing claims.  As Jeff Anderson said today:

I have, in the past, been openly critical of the seeming inaction by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and John Choi in not charging the Archdiocese officials pertaining to Curtis Wehmeyer and others, and expressed frustration over a seeming lack of vigor.  Today, I am praising the Ramsey County Attorney for taking this action.  It is evident that it took that office a long time to carefully develop the evidence and to conduct their own independent investigation, armed with the documents disgorged in civil litigation and the depositions taken of the top officials, by interviewing witnesses and developing a body of evidence that has supported a criminal complaint against the Archdiocese as a corporation.


Frank Meuers of Plymouth, Twin Cities SNAP (Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests) leader added:

We urge prosecutors to ask church officials for their passports so there’s no chance they can flee overseas.

We dispute the notion that Catholic officials “turned a blind eye” to abuse. They did worse. They deliberately and repeatedly put and kept kids in harm’s way by valuing their reputations and comfort and devaluing boys and girls. They engaged in active wrongdoing, not passive wrongdoing. These are smart men with smart lawyers and smart PR advisers. These were – and continue to be – cover ups, not “mistakes” or “failures.”

This is hopefully a historic step forward for Survivors  and will be looked at by prosecutors around the world.  It will be interesting to see if it has implications on the bankruptcy that was files by the Archdiocese.

Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.


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  1. mike ference says:
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    In PA it’s just as bad. The cover-up starts when you call 911.

    Read for yourself and judge for yourself:


  2. John Duffin says:
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    Great day for the courageous victims.
    A great day for justice.
    Congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen!
    I salute you all!


  3. Mark Crawford says:
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    This article reveals the real reason state law makers fail to enact civil and criminal legislation that will protect our children from known sexual predators. As in the case noted above, when victims have access to our legal system, long dark hidden truths are revealed through the discovery process. When the extent of the cover ups become public knowledge, prosecutors are then forced to take action against these powerful institutions. It’s time our state law makers choose to protect our children from sexual predators instead of protecting powerful institutions from prosecution!

    Hats off to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for having the fortitude to take the road less traveled. Only when we hold such institutions accountable will we begin to see change and real cooperation. The Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis is a classic example…Philadelphia as well.

  4. mike bryant says:
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    Mike unfortunately there are way to many of those type of stories ( when just one is to many. Thank you for sharing the information. Thank you for reading and the comment.

  5. mike bryant says:
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    John you are so right. Thank you for the comment.

  6. mike bryant says:
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    Mark you are correct, as good as this sounds it should be a smack in the face to ever prosecutor out there that did nothing. Thank you for the comment.

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