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Minnesota archdiocese knew of abusive priest's homosexual cruising, report charges

Catholic World News - September 23, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reports that officials in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis were aware that a priest was engaged in homosexual activities, long before he was arrested on charges of molesting teenage boys.

Father Curtis Wehmeyer was arrested last year, pleaded guilty to sex-abuse charges, and was sentenced to a 5-year prison term. A prosecutor in the case said that the St. Paul archdiocese “did the right thing,” reporting abuse charges promptly to authorities.

However, MPR reveals that archdiocesan officials had been aware for years that Wehmeyer had engaged in homosexual behavior, cruising sites that were known spots for homosexual encounters. Still in 2011, Father Kevin McDonough, who headed the archdiocesan “safe environment” programs, recommended against “disclosure in his workplace”—that is, informing parish personnel—about Wehmeyer’s problems, reasoning that the priest had not targeted young people. "Nothing, nothing, nothing in this man's behavior known to us would have convinced any reasonable person that he was likely to harm kids," Father McDonough told MPR.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Sep. 23, 2013 11:06 PM ET USA

    We'll see how many of these clergymen do some hard jail time. The public believes that these priests are teflon-coated when it comes to the prosecution of their heinous deeds.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Sep. 23, 2013 10:25 PM ET USA

    Nothing?

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Sep. 23, 2013 6:18 PM ET USA

    Sorry, Father McDonough should be removed from his job and sent to a monastery to reflect on his inaction. He had the knowledge about this predator and did not act out of some misguided thinking that since he "only" was homosexual he was unlikely to harm kids. What is his age criteria for a kid. This is why the Church continues to have problems with this evil.

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