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Former official calls for independent review of abuse polices in St. Paul archdiocese

Catholic World News - October 07, 2013

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul, Minnesota has been asked by a former archdiocesan official to allow an independent review of Church files related to sex-abuse complaints.

Jennifer Haselberger, who resigned from her post as a canonical official for the archdiocese last April, said that without an independent review of archdiocesan files, “it cannot be said that the archdiocese is honoring its promise to protect.” She said that she had left her own post because of a loss of confidence in the archdiocese. Haselberger made her public call for an independent review just after Father Peter Laird, the vicar general of the archdiocese, submitted his own resignation, citing a new to restore public confidence in the handling of abuse complaints.

Minnesota Public Radio identified Haselberger as a source of a series of stories on archdiocesan handling of sex-abuse complaints. An attorney for the archdiocese described her as a “disgruntled former employee.”

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  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Oct. 07, 2013 6:51 PM ET USA

    This woman's credibility has already been shot, and personally, I think she is a nut ... She claimed a priest's computer contained child pornography, and police thoroughly investigated her charge. Yet, "After reviewing thousands of images on the discs, police closed their investigation without referring charges, saying they found no child pornography." http://www.startribune.com/local/226487371.html Not all "whistleblowers" are created equal. There ARE indeed "disgruntled ex-employees."

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