Archbishop's Deposition Set but SNAP Predicts It Won't Happen

February 27, 2014

Two top St. Paul archdiocesan officials will supposedly be deposed next month about clergy sex crimes and cover ups, but we doubt that will actually happen.


A dozen Catholic bishops – and two Catholic religious orders – have sought bankruptcy protection at the 11th hour to prevent depositions like these from taking place. And some Catholic officials (Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law and, more recently, Australia's Cardinal George Pell) have been promoted to Rome, in part we believe, to avoid facing tough questions about child sex abuse and cover up cases. Other Catholic officials (like Fr. John Urell of the Orange County diocese) have claimed illness and gone away or been sent away to church “treatment centers” to prevent or delay depositions like this.

We'd love to be proven wrong. But we strongly fear neither Twin Cities officials – Archbishop John Nienstedt and Fr. Kevin McDonough – will actually be deposed.

And we again ask a puzzling question that Twin Cities law enforcement personnel should publicly answer: How is it that civil attorneys get to question Nienstedt and McDonough but police and prosecutors don't? This makes us question again why law enforcement officials aren't being more assertive with these obviously reckless, deceptive, callous and self-serving Catholic bureaucrats.








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