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Former head of US bishops' committee on abuse testifies he never informed police about cases in his archdiocese

Catholic World News - June 04, 2014

Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn, who once headed the US bishops’ committee implementing norms for handling sex-abuse cases, has testified that he never informed police about abuse complaints in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, which he led from 1995 to 2008.

In a sworn deposition that was made public June 4, Archbishop Flynn said that while working on national policies, he delegated much of the work of handling sex-abuse complaints against clergy in Minnesota. The archbishop said over 100 times that he could not accurately recall the details of various cases. “It’s unfortunate that we did not pay more attention to this as a result,” he testified.

Archbishop Flynn, who is 81, said that his inability to recall cases was not due to problems with memory, although advancing age may have been a factor.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 04, 2014 7:41 PM ET USA

    National issues? I'm shocked, shocked! I thought the job of the bishops was to care for the faithful of his diocese.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 04, 2014 6:32 PM ET USA

    And we still wonder why the Church has suffered such devastation in the US? The miracle is that things aren't even worse given that men like Flynn were in charge of matters. What did we ever do to have the likes of Mahoney, Law, Weakland, and Flynn visited on us?

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