A Vatican official reportedly shut down an investigation into allegations of sexual improprieties by former Archbishop John Nienstedt.
An internal church memo, part of an often explosive batch of clergy abuse documents released Wednesday by Ramsey County, showed that in 2014, the Vatican’s representative in Washington, D.C., instructed bishops of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese to halt an archdiocese-commissioned investigation into Nienstedt.
The bishops objected in a letter that shutting down the investigation “would rightly be seen as a coverup,’’ according to a memo written by priest and lawyer Rev. Dan Griffith, the chancery’s liaison with investigators.
In response, the Vatican’s then-U.S. emissary, Carlo Vigano, asked the bishops to take their letter back “and destroy it,” Griffith wrote.
“Today, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi told the public there is no basis to bring a criminal charge against any of those leaders,” wrote Dixon. “He also dismissed all of the criminal charges against the Archdiocese. That dismissal is unconditional and speaks for itself.”continue at Start Tribune
Not to defend anyone, but neither the Vatican nor the civil authorities found "no basis" for criminal charges. Although SNAP gets first priority in news reports, it could have read "Vatican investigation confirmed by Ransey County Attorney." When the ideological agenda of people like Jennifer Haselberger are revealed, it makes it harder to know who to believe. But we do need people like her who aren't just out to change Catholic theology who are willing to indeed be vigilant of our institutions with a track record of failure.
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