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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 02, 2008

When burglars broke into the residence of Archbishop John Nienstedt and stole irreplaceable ecclesiastical treasures, police first commented on how well the crime had been planned. The burglars seemed to know just where to go, police observed, and how to break through extra-thick window glass without attracting attention.

But after consulting with archdiocesan officials, police spokesmen changed their story. There is no indication that this was the work of professionals, let alone an inside job, police now maintain. "It's more than likely our regular, run-of-the-mill thief."

Sure. You bet. The sort of "run-of-the-mill" thief who consults ecclesiastical calendars, and knows when the archbishop and his staff will be traveling to Rome. The sort of "run-of-the-mill" thief who takes an interest in pectoral crosses and pallium pins-- and, what's more, knows where they are kept.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2008 11:29 AM ET USA

    Why would you want to know where the Bishpo's bedroom is? And yes, the closet, of course! A disgrunteled friend perhaps?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2008 7:13 PM ET USA

    Norm, this is no mansion. It's actually a hideous example of modern architecture that replaced a mansion. I've been in it and I don't even know where the archbishop's bedroom is. In an update to the story, the new vicar general, Father Lee Piche, put some practical thinking to the problem and found that the thieves had NOT stolen the pectoral crosses and episcopal rings of previous archbishops. Those were in a closet. Sometimes it helps to be in it.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2008 9:08 PM ET USA

    Very odd things seem to happen at the mansions of bishops.

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