Francis was Elected Pope by Rigged Conclave in 2013 to Bury 312 Page Three Cardinals’ Dossier on Vatican Bank Fr. Maciel/Sinaloa Federation Cartel Cantina Child Sex Slaving Money Laundering Corruption Commissioned by Benedict, Ironically Prompting Benedict’s Resignation

Vigano to Journalists: Investigate Vatican’s ‘Cache of Documents’ Showing Clerical Sexual AbuseBy Debra Heine August 31, 2018

In an interview this week, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò challenged journalists to investigate what happened to the “cache of documents” Benedict XVI delivered to Pope Francis after his election. Some sexual abuse victims and journalists seem to have heeded the call, demanding the documents outside the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C.

Viganò is the author of an extraordinary 11-page letter that sent shockwaves throughout Christiandom this week.

 

“Truth is meek, truth is silent, truth isn’t noisy,” the pope said in his Mass remarks. What? truth is silent! Jesus said ” I am The Truth, The Way, and The Light.” It is better for him (Francis) if a millstone is hung around his neck and he is thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble .All evil needs to triumph is for a good man to say nothing. Francis is apostate. He is not Pope, i.e. Vicar of Christ on earth, i.e. Pope, because Francis does not actually represent Christ in anyway in thoughts, words, deeds, and priestly worship. Francis need not resign as Pope, Francis is not Pope. He was invalidly elected by a rigged Vatican Illuminati conclave to replace Benedict forced to resign for covering up 25 years of episcopal enabling of clerical sodomy against children and seminarians especially “Saint” JPII’s protecting Fr. Maciel’s Sinaloa Federation Cartel child sex slave trafficking in cantinas throughout the U.S. via I-10 and 1-69 in conjunction now with Francis and the Vatican via Catholic Relief Services and now Cardinal Daniel Dinardo Archbishop of Galveston Houston and President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Francis supplanted Benedict to bury a three cardinal 213 page dossier of Vatican corruption completed and given to Benedict the day Benedict was forced by his own complicity to resign. Benedict (LOL)expected his successor Francis to promulgate the report filled and execute it Chase/Vatican Bank reforms with Fr. Maciel’s Chase/Vatican Bank money laundering of SFC child sex slaving charitable contributions to the Legionary of Christ seminary fund Vatican Bank Account. Maciel cronies along with JPII, Cardinal Sodano and Tarcisio Bertone ( prevented the publication of the written explanation of the meaning of the Third Secret of Fatima by Sister Lucia), instead of promulgating the Dossier as Pope, “Truth is meek, truth is silent, truth isn’t noisy,” the pope said in his Mass remarks. Francis buried the dossier without comment in fifty five miles of Vatican archives. Francis need not resign, he is an indicted Argentine Dirty War criminal and child trafficker in Argentina by the Argentine Federal Court (indicted five days after being elected Pope), Lucio Gelli P-2 Protégé, and Apostate. Francis is hated in Argentina from his time as Archbishop (where he covered up clerical child sex abuse) and Jesuit Provincial (advisor to the general and President who masterminded along with Henry Kissinger’s Operation Condor “The Dirt War”) before his rigged election as Pope five days before his indictment. This is the reason Francis has visited countries bordering Argentina, but not Argentina. The real scandal is the silence on the part of all those knowing Francis to be Apostate and therefore in Catholic teaching on the Papacy as Apostate could not possibly be Pope, The Vicar of Christ, to remain silent and to not speak the truth, Francis is not Pope. This silence that Francis is not Pope because he is Apostate will dam all those who call for Francis’ resignation as Pope.The 300-page dossier — compiled by three cardinals investigating the theft of Vatican documents — was given to the Pope on Dec. 17, the same day he decided to resign, an Italian newspaper reported Friday.

Francis’  is not and cannot be Pope due to Francis’ contrived election by a masonic Vatican Conclave (Francis is a protege of Lucio Gelli, the Grand Master of  P-2, Propaganda Due Free Mason Lodge of Rome devoted to the moral silencing of the office of the Papacy by infiltration a la  The Permanent Instruction of Alta Vendita) in order to supplant Benedict and bury the 300-page dossier to keep its true contents from being publicly exposed.  Moreover, Francis is apostate, and has refused publicly to answer in several instances as supposed Vicar of Christ, the Pope if he holds the Roman Catholic Faith thus canonically deposing himself as Vicar of Christ. Moreover, Francis took the forth vow of absolute obedience to the will of the Pope as a Jesuit religious, making his election as Pope a moral and ecclesial oxymoron, and therefore invalid.

Instead of  Archbishop Vigano calling for the “resignation” of “Pope Francis” in summation of  Archbishop Vigano’s 11 page expose of Francis’s rehabilitation of Former Cardinal “Uncle Ted” Mccarrick, after Mccarrick was sanction by Benedict formally in 2009 for  “sexual misconduct,”  Archbishop Vigano, along with practicing homosexual Michael Voris and Cardinal Raymond Burke (homosexual, cover up of homosexual priests to be exposed by AG Missouri Grand Jury convening) members of Opus Dei, while calling for  Francis immediate resignation, have not in the last five years ever pointed out first the obvious, Francis is not and could never be The Pope. The call for resignation of The Papacy makes the false assumption Francis is Pope and can resign like Benedict for covering up sexual misconduct of priests and Bishops before and after he was allegedly elected Pope.  Benedict was forced to resign confronted with the exposure by the Carlos Slim Helu leveraged NYT  investigative reporting and accompanying HBO special “Silence in the House of God” of 25 years  as Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of covering up globally ghastly crimes of child rape by priests and bishops.

Carlos Slim Helu forced the resignation of Benedict by NYT and HBO media exposure in retaliation for Benedict’s dismissal of Fr. Maciel Degolado for seminary pedophilia and pederasty and having children with a wife (who Maciel molested as a true pedophile) as head of the Legionaries of Christ.  The Legionary of Christ Chase/Vatican Bank account is key to money laundering of Sinaloa Federation Cartel proceeds from drugs, but most importantly child sex slaving.  Fr. Maciel (murrano Jew) is like Meyer Lansky, a religious criminal organized crime master mind who composed the Sinaloa Cartel beginning in 1979 with the election of JPII and Iran/Contra in syndication with Bush/Clinton with Bishop Fiorenza, Carlos Slim Helu and the Garza family of Monterrey, Mexico.  Maciel forged the supplanting of Pablo Escobar’s Columbian drug cartel with the Mexican  Sinaloa Federation Cartel. Maciel invented to concept of child sex slaving to the undocumented masses via cantinnas throughout the U.S. transported in cartel semis along the I-10 and I-69, The Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston as its hub in syndication with Free State Galveston legacy Tilman Fertita in control of the TDPS highway patrol by his police and fire benevolent charity “100 Club” which is a facade for Tilman’s protection racket for Sinaloa Cartel semi child sex slave trafficking on the I-10 and I-69.  No arrests have ever been made for cartel semi child sex slaving trafficking by the TDPS Highway Patrol under the control of Tilman’s organized crime cartel sex slaving protection racket.

Francis for the last five years has completely buried the contents of the Dossier in the Vatican Archives. Benedict left it to his successor to make the dossier public and act up the Cardinals’ recommendations for reform.  The Dossier points to Fr. Maciel’s  Vatican cronies,  Cardinal Soldano, and Tarcisio Bertini, and the use of the Chase Vatican Bank, which although in the Vatican is not owned by the Vatican or Church, or Papacy (Rothschild) for money laundering of proceeds from drugs, but most importantly Sinaloa Federation Cartel child sex slave trafficking in the U.S..

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The strange case of Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt, Part I – A homosexual cleric on the fast track (More appropriately the “archetype” case of  Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt)

More appropriately the “archetype” case of  Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt – Father Christopher Terry, O.P. Nienstedt is a classic example of the rule of Episcopal Sodomy rampant in The Catholic Church, although “strange” the norm.
The strange case of Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt, Part I – A homosexual cleric on the fast track
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By Randy Engel

August 30, 2018

The following series first appeared in The Catholic Inquisitor July-August 2018

Introduction
Who can expect the flock to prosper when its shepherd has sunk so deep into the bowels of the devil … Who will make a mistress of a cleric, or a woman of a man? … Who, by his lust, will consign a son whom he spiritually begotten for God to slavery under the iron law of Satanic tyranny.

… a religious superior guilty of sodomy has not only committed a sacrilege with his spiritual son but has also violated the law of nature. Such a superior, damns not only his own soul but takes another with him.

    • Saint Peter Damian

Book of Gomorrah

    • 1049 A.D.

More than 900 years ago, Saint. Peter Damian spoke out against the “the befouling cancer of sodomy,” not only as it pertained to crimes of pederasty by clergy against young boys, but also to the sexual seduction and moral pollution of young men preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

I’ve always thought it strange that the Vatican, while rightly condemning clerical sexual abuse against minors, has been strangely silent concerning the sexual abuse of seminarians and young priests and monks by their own bishops or religious superiors.

This brings us to the case in point that of Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, who was forced to resign from office in 2015 amid accusations of sexual misconduct with men. According to the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Nienstedt’s successor, the Archbishop Emeritus remains “in good-standing.” But “good-standing” with whom?

Richard Sipe on the Value of Rumors in Sex Crimes

Throughout this article, the reader will come upon indented texts written in a bold italicized font concerning allegations of sexual misconduct by Archbishop Nienstedt that cover a span of more than four decades. The origins of these texts vary. Some italicized texts were taken from sworn affidavits or given as sworn testimony in a court of law. Some texts are based on “rumors” circulating in the diocesan chancery or within the “gay” community.

Lest the reader be tempted to dismiss the latter category of evidence as mere “gossip,” I am including in this introduction a commentary on the value of rumors, suspicions and complaints in dealing with sexual violations of minors and vulnerable adults, including young seminarians and religious, made by the well-known psychotherapist A. W. Richard Sipe in testimony given on April 12, 2004.

The following excerpts (emphasis added) are taken from the online presentation Sexual Abuse of Minors in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson – An Overview of the System of Sexual Activity and Abuse Within the Clerical Culture of the Roman Catholic Church in the USA, Section 41.IV “There is Widespread Knowledge of Clergy Sexual Activity Through Suspicion/Rumor/Complaint/Report:”

    • 42. Sexual violations by their nature are difficult to substantiate because the actions are most commonly executed without a third-party observer.

The means of determining the facts of an allegation or the truth of denial are usually derivative rather than direct

    • .
    • 51. Rumors, hearsay, about abusing priests are common and a valid source of information and an important means of child protection

if respected and adequately investigated. Rumors form a valid alert to danger and are frequently the most powerful indication to church officials of abuse

    • . The source of these rumors often is grounded in the fact of abuse that can be shared by the victim only with one of his or her equally powerless friends or family members. … Knowledge by rumor can be widespread and has been available for investigation within the clerical community for decades.
    • 52.

Bishops and superiors most frequently irresponsibly and negligently dismiss rumors without reasonable investigation

    • . Bishops, many who also fear exposure of their own sexual activities, have continued to exclude themselves from oversight in the directives they instituted in 2002 to deal with the problem of abuse by priests and other church employees.

All of the italicized citations made in this series were taken from affidavits, depositions, and secret memorandums found in the Ramsey County Report and are available online at the official website Ramsey County, MN.

The St. Paul Law Firm of Greene Espel conducted the first investigation into Archbishop Nienstedt’s alleged homosexual behaviors. The follow-up investigation was conducted by the law firm of Wold Morrison of Minneapolis. And the third overall investigation into the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Archbishop Nienstedt was carried out by the Ramsey County Attorney Office (RCAO).

A Career on the Fast Track

As even a very perfunctory reading of Nienstedt ‘s curriculum vitae will demonstrate, from his earliest years in both his home Archdiocese of Detroit and at the Vatican, he enjoyed powerful patronage and lived his priestly life on the fast track.

Nienstedt was born on March 18, 1947 in Detroit, Mich. He was the second of six children. His original family home was at Grosse Pointe Farms on Lake St. Clair. Later, his parents moved north to Harrison Township near Anchor Bay not far from Lake Huron where Nienstedt would spend much of his later years after leaving the Twin Cities area.

He attended Catholic grade school and high school in Grosse Pointe Farms and in 1969 he entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. In 1972, Archbishop, soon to be Cardinal, John Francis Dearden sent the handsome young Nienstedt to study in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology. He also attended the Pontifical North American College where he was ordained deacon for the Detroit Archdiocese.

Nienstedt then returned to the States and served as deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn from 1973 until his ordination at age 27 on July 27, 1974, again at Sacred Heart.

The Hinske Affair

Father Nienstedt’s first assignment was associate pastor at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson. Here he reconnected to some close relatives from the Hinske family including Nienstedt’s first cousin, who was a former Dominican nun, and her son, Michael and daughter, Mary Beth.

When the newly ordained priest visited his cousin’s home for Sunday dinners he was often accompanied by clerical friends. On several occasions, Nienstedt brought with him Father Samuel Ritchey, a priest of the Columbus (Ohio) Diocese.

According to Nienstedt, he first met Father Samuel E. Ritchey at the Pontifical North American College in Rome when both were seminarians and they struck up a close friendship. During the summer months of 1974 and 1975, Ritchey, also newly ordained, studied at Mary Grove College in Detroit, and continued to visit the Hinske family with Nienstedt. He also developed a special interest in 16-year-old Michael Hinske.

Even after Nienstedt had returned to Rome to earn his Licentiate of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Institute of St. Alphonsus, Ritchey continued to frequent the Hinske household.

One evening he and Michael went to a nearby Catholic retreat center. At some point the priest asked the teenager back to his room at the center and then turned off the lights. Ritchey told the boy “I love you,” and started to undress the boy despite Michael’s opposition. When Ritchey fumbled with his pants Michael told him, “I don’t want to do this,” but the priest proceeded to molest the teen anyway.

Before Michael returned home, he got up the courage to ask the Ritchey how many other kids the priest had done this to, and to his surprise the priest replied, “‘I have several special friends that come from my parish.” And when he said that, Michael instantly knew he was not the first kid that Ritchey’s had molested.

That same night Michael told his parents that Father Ritchery had molested him. A few days later he confided the news to his sister. His mother wanted to tell Nienstedt, but her cousin was in Rome. Unfortunately, as a devout Catholic in the mid-1970s, there were no thoughts of causing “scandal” by reporting the sexual abuse to her pastor at Guardian Angels or to the police.

So, Michael and his family kept the abuse a secret until Nienstedt returned from Rome in January 1977.

When Nienstedt went to visit the Hinskes, he said Michael’s mother and sister told him that Father Ritchey “had said something inappropriate to her son and placed his hand on her son’s knee,” (not that Ritchey had sexually molested Michael). Nienstedt said he asked his cousin if she wanted him to talk with Michael and she replied her son did not want to talk with anyone about the incident. Both mother and daughter later said this was not true.

Shortly thereafter, Nienstedt said he contacted Ritchey and asked him if he had “propositioned” Michael. Ritchey denied everything. Nienstedt said he took the matter “seriously,” but apparently not seriously enough to investigate the incident further or end his friendship with Ritchey. Nor did he ever personally discuss the abuse with Michael or report the abuse to the police or his own superiors, ostensibly because the family didn’t want to pursue any legal or ecclesial recourse.

As for Father Ritchey, he returned to his home diocese of Columbus where he continued to serve as a parish priest and high school teacher. He continued to rack up new young male victims until 2006, almost three decades later, when his criminal past caught up with him and the state removed his teaching credentials and the Church removed him from ministry.

Years later, when the Hinske incident came back to haunt him, Nienstedt would insist that he never suspected his bosom buddy Sam Ritchey “had such (pederast) proclivities.”

But this protestation falls flat given the fact that by the time of his nephew’s molestation, Nienstedt had already earned himself a reputation for being a flamboyant active homosexual, and that homosexuality was the bond that drew him and Ritchey together both in Rome and in the States.

Homosexuality No Impediment to Clerical Advancement

When he returned from Rome in 1977, Nienstedt became Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Dearden. Following the Second Vatican Council, the Archdiocese of Detroit had been drastically reconstructed, and authority decentralized.

And, as the young Nienstedt soon discovered, much to his relief, homosexuality was no impediment to his clerical career advancement in AmChurch, in general, and the Detroit Archdiocese, in particular.
As young priest in Detroit, Nienstedt was reported to frequent the “Happy Tap,” a homosexual bar and male strip club in Windsor, Canada, located across the river from Detroit.

Nienstedt was seen in a “gay” video store in Detroit.

That Nienstedt was “an active homosexual” during the early years of his priestly career was confirmed by the wife of an Archdiocesan official who had numerous connections to the Arts world in Detroit.

Also, Sister MF, a member of the Board of Directors of the University of St. Thomas claimed that Nienstedt lived a promiscuous “gay lifestyle” and frequented “gay” establishments across the border in Canada.

[Statements taken from “Confidential Memorandum of November 22, 2013 found in Ramsey County Report].
The Detroit Archdiocese with its six Suffragan dioceses of Gaylord, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, and Saginaw, already had a flourishing homosexual community within its hierarchical and clerical ranks.

As early as 1968, Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York, had shipped one of his “favorites,” Francis Frederick Reh, cross country to become Bishop of Saginaw, Mich.

As for Cardinal Dearden, in 1977 he appointed pro-homosexual Father Kenneth Untener as Rector of St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. Three years later, Dearden gave the homosexual and pederast-ridden Diocese of Saginaw over to Untener. Reh was Untener’s Co-Consecrator.

So, it probably didn’t disturb Dearden too much when news reached him that his new secretary was cruising around the city’s “gay” zones for anonymous sex.

    In an affidavit filed with the Greene Espel Law Firm years later against Nienstedt, WS, a priest of the Detroit Diocese (then a seminarian) stated that he met Nienstedt in 1979 in Palmer Park, a “gay” cruising ground on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. W.S. said he was there to solicit anonymous sex with another man. Around 11 p.m. a green Cadillac drove into the area and the driver asked him (WS) if he had any “poppers,” and he said, yes. [‘Poppers’ is the street name for a muscle relaxer popular among sodomites.] The driver parked the car and WS got in. That’s when Nienstedt recognized WS and looked shock. Nienstedt asked him if he was still at – [redacted]. WS said he didn’t give Nienstedt any poppers and got out of the car and left.

Dearden Sends Nienstedt Back to Rome

Coincidence or not, in 1980, Cardinal Dearden sent Nienstedt back to Rome as a minor official, Second Grade, at the Vatican Secretariat of State (1980-1985). In addition to working towards his Doctor of Sacred Theology, Nienstedt served as Assistant Chaplain at the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome.

Nienstedt also served as Chaplain (1981-1984) at the now defunct Notre Dame High School for Boys in Rome, a boarding school operated by the Brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.

When Nienstedt returned to the Archdiocese of Detroit in the mid-1980s there had been a dramatic change of guard – Cardinal Dearden had resigned in 1980, and Archbishop Edmund Casimir Szoka, a native of Grand Rapids, had been appointed by Pope John Paul II to fill the vacancy.

From 1986 to 1987, Nienstedt temporarily served at two parishes in Oakland County while teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Moral Theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary/St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake.

Szoka Appoints Nienstedt Seminary Rector

In 1988, Archbishop Szoka named Nienstedt Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. At about the same time, Szoka closed Dearden’s liberal seminary, St. John’s in Plymouth, and gave Nienstedt orders to implement a more traditional Catholic program of priestly formation at Sacred Heart. Openly homosexual staff and seminarians were ousted, but closeted homosexuals were permitted to remain. Nienstedt remained.

External propriety in seminary dress, etiquette and manners and even physical appearance was deemed mandatory by Nienstedt who liked his men handsome, fit, cultured and obedient, including being open to his sexual solicitation as the following commentary from a former seminarian informs us:

    According to an affidavit, sworn to and signed on April 19, 2014, JH [James Heathcott,] now married with two children living in Oregon, stated that in 1987 at age 18, he enrolled at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. One year later, in 1988 Nienstedt was appointed rector. JH said the whole tone of seminary life changed. One day, Nienstedt called him into his office and asked, “have you explored your sexuality?” Then he asked, “Do you think you have homosexual tendencies?” JH answered that he was not “gay.” Nevertheless, Nienstedt suggested the young seminarian undergo counseling. Later, that same year, Nienstedt came over to the hallway by JH’s bedroom and asked the seminarian to join him for a weekend ski trip with two other seminarians at a private chalet. The young man suggested that the invitation was inappropriate and declined. The rector left with in “OK.” A few days later, Nienstedt sent him a letter marked “confidential,” in which he suggested that the seminarian’s “recent behavior,” would send a wrong message to other seminarians and that he should leave the seminary. The following morning Nienstedt got his revenge and told JH to pack his bags and leave. The seminarian left. A short while later JH sent a letter to Cardinal Szoka stating that Nienstedt had kicked him out of the seminary. Szoka never replied. In retrospect, JH said he believed that Nienstedt was “grooming” him (for a homosexual liaison).

Cardinal Szoka Replaced by Cardinal Maida

All seemed to be going well for Nienstedt when in April 1990, his patron, Cardinal Szoka was summoned to Rome and appointed President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. Successive key appointments for Szoka included President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State (1997) and President of the Governorate of Vatican City State (2001).

Before leaving for Rome, Szoka expressed his gratitude to Nienstedt by making him a monsignor.

Cardinal Szoka’s replacement was Bishop Adam Joseph Maida, a priest from outside the Archdiocese of Detroit and the former Bishop of Green Bay, Wis.

In 1994, the year Maida was elevated to the Cardinalate, Maida removed Nienstedt as Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary, and demoted him to pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, which, ironically, was one of Detroit’s hottest “gay” suburbs.

    • Nienstedt served at the Shrine from 1994-1996. In later years, a Detroit priest would claim that that Nienstedt sexually solicited him when he stayed overnight at the rectory, but the proposition was refused. The priest told Archbishop Harry Flynn, “I know when I am being hit on.” [Confidential Memorandum, February 6, 2014 found in Ramsey County Report.]

Were it not for Cardinal Szoka, a John Paul II favorite, working from behind the scenes at the Vatican to secure Nienstedt a bishopric, Nienstedt would probably have remained at the Shrine or been shuffled about from parish to parish, at least under Maida’s watch. As it turned out, Nienstedt was in fact ordained as an auxiliary bishop on June 12, 1996, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit with Cardinal Maida as the Principle Consecrator and Cardinal James Hickey of Washington, D.C. and Cardinal Szoka as Co-Consecrators. The new auxiliary served the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

One of the assignments Maida gave to Nienstedt was to shut down the local Dignity “Masses” which had been held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Porter Street in downtown Detroit for twenty-three years (1974-1997) under Cardinals Dearden and Szoka. Later, Nienstedt said he acted on his own against Dignity, but the order came from his boss, Cardinal Maida.

Dignity USA, which bills itself as the largest and most progressive national lay movement of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics,” also includes “leather/levi clubs” aka “sadomasochist clubs,” to promote “the wholeness and sanctity of our love and (leather) sexuality within the Church.”

Nienstedt successfully removed Dignity from Most Holy Trinity Church and the homosexual clique was forced to move to another location – Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Marygrove College operated by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The reader will recall that Marygrove was where the homosexual/pederast Father Ritchey studied during the summer months he visited the Hinske home.

Cardinal Szoka Gets Minnesota Diocese for Nienstedt

On June 12, 2001, Nienstedt was appointed Bishop of New Ulm, Minn. He served there until 2007. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Priestly Formation and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues at the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

At a personal level, finally free from the watchful eyes of Cardinal Maida, Nienstedt became less inhibited in his homosexual overtures toward young priests and older male teens.

    • In July 2002, JC [Joel Cycenas] age 35, met Bishop Nienstedt, age 55, for the first time at World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada. The young Minnesota priest who had been ordained only a year before had lunch with the bishop and a regular correspondence ensued between the two men. The bishop became acquainted with the priest’s family. The two attended the theater and symphony and had dinners with alcohol together. According to JC their relationship was strictly plutonic. He said he was a heterosexual. However, one day Nienstedt informed him that a rumor had gotten around among some New Ulm priests that thy were having a homosexual relationship. Nienstedt told JC to deny the rumor if asked. At this point JC began to rethink their relationship. Prior to July 2004, the bishop asked JC to spend some time with him at his family home in Michigan near Lake Huron. After incessant prodding JC agreed. After they arrived at the homestead JC tried to avoid being alone with the bishop.
    • One evening when JC was about to leave, the two and some friends were at an eatery and Nienstedt became intoxicated. JC offered to drive back to the bishop’s home. In the car, the bishop started to rub JC’s neck and JC moved away from the contact. The next morning JC asked the bishop to hear his confession in which he told him he was heterosexual so Nienstedt would get the right message. JC flew home that day.
    • After that, JC had dinner with the bishop in the presence of others. When Nienstedt invited JC to take a trip to India with him and another priest, JC refused. When JC heard that Nienstedt was to become Archbishop of Saint Paul Minneapolis, he applied for laicization from the retiring Archbishop Flynn, but told no one of the real reason for his leaving the priesthood. In later years when JC expressed a desire to return to ministry, Nienstedt treated him like a woman scorned, and made it his business to see that no other bishop would accept him either. [Affidavit of March 23, 2014 to Investigator Leatherman]
    • While Nienstedt was in New Ulm, he volunteered to help move a young priest of the Duluth Diocese to his new residence. The latter was upset by the attention that the bishop was laying on him and reported the unwanted attention to his bishop. Allegedly the bishop told Nienstedt to stay away from his young priests.
    In August 2005, Nienstedt attended World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany. Among the teens attending the event was a young man who had grown up in New Ulm. The bishop invited the boys who were about 15 and 16 to his hotel room. When they got there, the young men who had gotten wet from a rainstorm were told by Nienstedt to take off their clothes. The two boys stripped naked in front of the bishop. The bishop then stripped off his clothes in front of them. The youth told his mother of the incident when he returned home. RCA investigator Eugene Leatherman stated that Nienstedt had an “inappropriate” relationship with the boy. [Interview of PB by Investigator Eugene Leatherman on December 29, 2015].

Nienstedt Appointed Archbishop of Saint Paul

On April 24, 2007, Bishop John Nienstedt, age 60, was appointed Coadjutor of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. On May 2, 2008, he took over the office of Archbishop of the plum metropolitan archdiocese from retiring Archbishop Harry J. Flynn.

Only one year later, another incident of sexual inappropriateness by Nienstedt with a minor boy was alleged but not supported:

    In December 2013, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul sent in a report to Detective Urbanski of the St. Paul Police Department stating that on May 5, 2009, a minor boy claimed that Nienstedt had inappropriately touched his buttocks at a Confirmation picture shoot at St. Paul Cathedral. The boy said Nienstedt had one hand on his crosier, and the another on the boy’s shoulder, then moved it down his back and buttocks. The young man, now 19 had taken his case to the police. Nienstedt denied the charges and stated that he has never engaged in any inappropriate contact with a minor. He said he always kept one hand on his ceremonial staff and the other on his vestment. However, a picture of the event supported the boy’s statement. Ramsey County Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and determined that there were no witnesses to the alleged incident and not enough evidence to make a ruling on the charge. On March 12, 2014 the Archbishop was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

In terms of clerical pederasty and the sexual abuse of seminarians and young priests by a predatory homosexual hierarchy, the Archdiocese of Saint. Paul and Minneapolis, along with its nine Suffragan Dioceses (Bismarck, Crookston, Duluth, Fargo, New Ulm. Rapid City, Saint Cloud, Sioux Falls, Winona-Rochester), has had a long and troubled past that has been well-documented, without contradiction, in my book The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church.

Much of the homosexual colonization of the Saint Paul Archdiocese and its Suffragan dioceses took place from 1975 to 1995 under the reign of homosexual Archbishop John R. Roach, not to be confused with Bishop James S. Rausch, then the homosexual Bishop of Phoenix.

Roach’s successor, Archbishop Harry Flynn simply extended and compounded this moral turpitude by repeatedly covering-up homosexual scandals and crimes of pederasty in the archdiocese. And Flynn’s successor, Archbishop John Nienstedt did the same with the same disastrous results.

Since the vice of sodomy in the Catholic Church is largely an inter-generational affair with homosexual prelates ordaining and promoting fellow clerical sodomites to high office, it is not surprising that Archbishop Nienstedt, who got his start in the Archdiocese of Detroit, should have made his last hurrah in the Twin City Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The Troubled Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The sexually troubled John Clayton Nienstedt, Bishop of New Ulm, Minn., was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the homosexual and pederast troubled Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on April 24, 2007, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Nienstedt succeeded the retiring Archbishop Harry Flynn one year later, on May 2, 2007. His promotion was attributed to his ongoing Detroit patron in Rome, the still powerful Cardinal Edmond Casimir Szoka, retired President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State. Cardinal Szoka, who maintained all his Curial memberships until age 80, died on August 20, 2014, in Novi, Michigan.

Habits of Perversion Die Hard

After Archbishop Nienstedt got himself settled into his new Archdiocese, he quickly resumed his old pattern of “grooming” junior and senior seminarians, this time at St. John Vianney Seminary located on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Rev. Eugene Tiffany, who was ordained in 1972 for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has been a respected priest and retreat master for more than four decades. He was one of the first priests to observe that Nienstedt appeared to be more interested in grooming seminarians for himself than for Christ.

In his affidavit for the Greene Espel Law Firm and later for RCAO investigators Eugene Leatherman and Stephanie Wiersma, Tiffany said he was concerned about Nienstedt’s interest in college-age men at the seminary and the Archbishop’s practice of staying overnight at the seminary even though his own residence was just five miles away. This was something an archbishop should not be doing, said Tiffany.

In the spring of 2011, Tiffany’s concerns were mirrored by another priest who was also worried about Nienstedt’s frequent visits to the seminary and his inordinate attraction to seminarians and young priests.

According to Tiffany, the Archbishop created opportunities to get close to young men. For example, he regularly attended the “Last Chance Mass,” an outreach offered by the seminary to the students of University of St. Thomas and the public. It took place on Saturday night at 9 p.m. and was followed by refreshments, and a chance to socialize.

Later, in his defense, Nienstedt would claim that his accusers had an ax to grind against him because they were in favor of homosexuality. But clearly, Fr. Tiffany was not one of these men.

The Krenik Case – A Prelude to the Afternoon of a Perp

On November 4, 2010, Father Michael John Krenik, pastor of St. Hubert Catholic Church in Chanhassen was arrested at 1:20 pm at a homosexual cruising area in a St. Paul park, after Krenik exposed himself to an undercover St. Paul police officer. Upon his arrest, the priest temporarily resigned from St. Hubert. Krenik pleaded guilty and was convicted of indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public. His misdemeanor conviction was dismissed in November 2011 upon the successful completion of his one-year probation period during which time the diocese payed for his “treatment” at Saint John Vianney Center in Philadelphia.

After the Diocesan Clergy Review Board recommended that Krenik not be returned to active ministry, Nienstedt made the homosexual priest his confidential secretary.

On January 23, 2013, Krenik was back in Ramsey County District Court to plead that his conviction of November 4, 2010, be expunged forever from the public record and his criminal record sealed, so that the priest might make “a start fresh” as a hospital chaplain. If approved, the action, in fact, would also permit him to legally deny that he had ever been charged and/or arrested on a morals charge.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services opposed the expungement while the St. Paul’s City Attorney’s Office favored it. The deciding voice aimed at influencing the judge to approve of the expungement after a 60-day waiting period that would permit legal appeals by law enforcement officials, appears to be that of Archbishop Nienstedt who wrote the judge to give Krenik a second chance. She did.

Whistle-blower Jenifer Haselberger

The critical state of affairs related to clerical sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis under Archbishop Nienstedt was captured in sworn testimony made by Jennifer M. Haselberger, JCL, on July 7, 2014. Miss Haselberger served as Chancellor for Canonical Affairs and chief archivist and record keeper for the Archdiocese under Archbishop Nienstedt from August 2008 until her resignation in April 2013.

The following selections taken from Haselberger’s deposition under oath, will help set the stage for the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese’s investigation of charges of sexual misconduct made against the Archbishop Nienstedt, and the circumstances surrounding his forced resignation on June 15, 2015. A number of these references will also be valuable to the reader when discussing Archdiocesan sexual politics and the various inquiries into Archbishop’s continuing “inappropriate” aka “deviant” behaviors:

    • The Diocesan Review Board is an advisory body, not empowered to investigate or reach a determination. The Charter [Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of 2002] and Essential Norms [USCCB Revised 2011], are clear on these points – making a determination is the sole responsibility of the diocesan bishop and/or the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
    • I also made my feelings known on more than one occasion regarding the sending of emails to potential victims… I have met with victims everywhere from military bases to free needle clinics, wherever the felt comfortable. I don’t recall ever approaching a complainant exclusively by email. …
    • The way in which the Archdiocese sought information from potential complainants was one factor that led me to the opinion… that when the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis “investigated” something it was always done in such a way as to ensure that we concluded the investigation with less clarity than we began with.
    • I first came to doubt that the Archbishop [Nienstedt] and his were staff being honest regarding their knowledge and handling of sexual abuse around October [2013] (as a result of comments made at a public event for clergy) and that conclusion was only strengthened by the email announcement from the Archdiocese regarding the Thurner lawsuit filed on October 29, 2013 (the Archdiocese announcement implied that it was aware of only one previous victim, and December statements made in Court by attorneys for the Archdiocese who stated that there had only been one case of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest since 2004.) The final straw for me was when the Archbishop himself stated in 2013 that he believed that the issue of clergy sexual abuse had been taken care of when he became Archbishop in 2008… .
    • In that draft [annual self-assessment draft of July 4, 2012] I called out the Archdiocesan leadership for having priests in ministry who had sexually abused minors, and for not taking the necessary precautions warranted by the behavioral and psychological historic that were well-documented in our files.
    After enduring months of harassment, threats, and intimidation- examples of which I will provide later in this affidavit- I resigned as Chancellor for Canonical Affairs on April 30, 2013.

In her testimony, Haselberger mentions the names, but not particulars, of more than a baker’s dozen of alleged and/or convicted sexual clerical perpetrators from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis who served under Archbishops William Brady, Leo Binz, John Roach, Harry Flynn, John Nienstedt and/or Bernard Hebda, and their various auxiliary bishops. Here is a sampling of the clerical sexual perpetrators cited in the Haselberger deposition. The name in square brackets indicates the presiding archbishop at the time of the sexual abuse:

  • Father Gerald G. Grieman The alleged pederast was ordained on June 2, 1979, by Archbishop Roach. He retired in “good standing” from full-time ministry in 1999 at age 53. In 2006, Grieman was accused of sexually abusing a young boy, but, according to Haselberger, the Archdiocesan Review Board never investigated the case. [Roach].

  • Father Joseph L. Wajda A serial pederast, Wajda claimed his first young male victim one month after his ordination in 1973. [Binz, Roach, Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Thomas Adamson Adamson was a pederast priest known to be operating in the Winona Diocese and Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He couldn’t remember the number of underage male victims he sexually abused, but records show it was over 25. The Archdiocese hid Adamson’s abuse record for 23 years. One victim was eventually awarded $3.5 million.

  • Father Francisco Montero Affair with adult female. Molested her four-year old daughter. In July 2007, while under criminal investigation, Catholic Church officials in Ecuador recalled the priest and Archdiocese said he was free to return to his native country. [Flynn]

  • Father Michael Jerome Keating A former member of the Companions of Christ, and a Catholic Studies Professor at the University of St. Thomas, Keating was accused of sexually abusing at least four underage girls between 1997 and 2000 while in the seminary. Nevertheless, he was ordained by Flynn at age 42 in 2002. During a semester in Rome at the University’s Catholic Studies program, Keating was also reported to have sexual relations with an underage girl (age 14) and two adult women. In October 2013, Keating was put on a leave of absence after Marie Miekle, one of his alleged victims (age 13 to 15 at the time of the alleged assault), now grown, brought charges of rape against the priest. One year later resigned from St. Thomas. Keating denied all charges. [Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Christopher Wenthe Ordained 2003, Wenthe was convicted of third-degree criminal conduct against a troubled young woman, to whom he offered “spiritual aid and comfort.” The priest introduced the inexperienced victim to sodomy and other deviant sexual activities. [Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Michael Kolar Ordained in 1969 and laicized in 1993, the Kolar case involved the sexual abuse of numerous young girls during the 1970s. The abuse was kept a well-guarded secret by Archdiocesan officials including Archbishop Roach for decades. In 1988, Kolar was sent to the St. Luke Institute for “treatment.” When Kolar became too hot to handle, the Archdiocese shipped him to South America. Later, Kolar alleged he had been sexually abused by Catholic Charities chicken hawk Msgr. Jerome Boxleitner, who had access to young boys at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis. [Binz, Roach, Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Timothy McCarthy The “hip” blonde heartthrob McCarthy was ordained in 1973 and permanently removed from ministry in 1991. He engaged in homosexual acts with young boys and late teen males, as well as sex with teen and college-age women. After the priest received “treatment,” Archbishop Roach recommended McCarthy for a Master’s degree program in psychological counseling at St. Thomas. The ungrateful priest got his degree and went on to counsel St. Thomas students, some of whom he sexually abused. [Binz, Roach].

  • Father Robert M. Thurner In 1982, Thurner told Archbishop Roach that he sexually abused a 16 -year-old boy, but Roach never reported the crime to the police. Instead he moved the priest to another parish where Thurner abused a young female. [Roach, Flynn, Nienstedt]

  • Father Gilbert Gustafson – A notorious pederast as well as a pedophile abuser of young girls, Gustafson destroyed the lives of all his many victims including Brian Herrity, who died of AIDS complications at age 28. Gustafson had abused the 10-year old altar boy for five years. Herrity received a $150,000 cash settlement, but in 1995 as he was dying, his father asked for additional help for his son’s medical bills and hospice care, but the Archdiocese said no. As for Gustafson, the Archdiocese took good financial care of him, He was awarded “disability” compensation based on his criminal pederasty (!), and the Archdiocese continued to pay his salary, health insurance, living expenses, psychological “treatment,” travel, and education and even helped the perpetrator establish a consulting firm and steered clients his way. [Roach, Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Kenneth LaVan – Ordained in 1958, the serial predator of women and young girls (youngest age 12), was not removed from ministry until fifty plus years later in 2013 after his abuse records were discovered in secret personnel files of the Archdiocese by attorney Jeffrey Anderson. La Van was sent to two “treatment” centers including the Servants of the Paracletes in New Mexico and the favored St. Luke Institute in Maryland. The monitoring of the perp after La Van’s release from St. Luke was put in the hands of two assigned supervisors – Fr. Joseph Wajda and Father Richard Francis Skluzacek, both criminal pederasts. Incredibly, LaVan abused one victim studying to become a nun at a convent, and another recovering from a brain injury. Archbishop Nienstedt was known to interact socially with LaVan. [Brady, Binz, Roach, Flynn, Nienstedt].

  • Father Jonathan P. Shelley – Both Archbishops Flynn and Nienstedt knew that Shelley had pederastic inclinations prior to his ordination in 1995. As a seminarian, Shelley was reported to have in sexual interactions with teenage boys at the Dunrovin Retreat Center, but he was allowed to proceed. Later, Shelley permitted an 18-year-old parishioner to live in the parish offices while the youth was having a dispute with his parents. On March 10, 2013, the Archdiocese was charged with possessing child porn images found on Shelley’s former computer from 2003 [when Shelley was at St. Jude of the Lake] and from 2012 when he was at John the Baptist Church [put on sabbatical in June 2012]. Church officials, however, did not turn the pornographic materials over to the police. Instead they hid the incriminating stash in a vault for years. Three days later, on March 13, 2013, the police went to pick up the three pornographic CDs with more than 1,300 images of young males engaged in sex acts. The police allowed the Archdiocese to select and cull the images [Archdiocesan officials selected all male adult porn images] that were to be sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for examination. However, according to Haselberger, when she reviewed the images they included a pre-pubescent boy appearing to engage in oral sex with another male. There was also a series of intimate e-mails between Shelley and a minor boy. The Prosecutor’s Office decided not to press charges. In 2014, Shelley was given a leave of absence, but in January 2018, Archbishop Hebda announced that Shelley was returning to a “limited” ministry as a prison chaplain. Shelley is back in business thanks to Archbishop Hebda. [Flynn, Nienstedt, Hebda].

  • Father Curtis Wehmeyer – The convicted pederast is currently finishing up the remainder of his prison term of five years for sexually abusing two boys and the possession of child pornography. According to Wehmeyer, he was sexually abused as a minor. A priest at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul who first met Wehmeyer in 1993, four years prior to his ordination, described the young man as being secretive, anxious and nervous and believed that he should not be ordained. But he was. Wehmeyer was appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s in West St. Paul where he began to act out by using the boys’ bathroom at the school and by cruising local homosexual park areas in the wee hours of the morning. Three years after his ordination by Archbishop Flynn in 2001, Father Wehmeyer attempted to solicit sex from two young men, ages 19 and 20 at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Roseville, Minn. Vicar General Kevin McDonough was notified of the incident. The Archdiocese sent Wehmeyer to the St. Luke Institute in Maryland for “treatment.” He returned to St. Joseph Parish and attended Sexaholics Anonymous meetings and was put under an ill-managed monitoring program operated by the Archdiocese. In 2006, Wehmeyer sexually abused a young boy. That same year, Wehmeyer was caught “cruising” for male sex partners at Keller Park in Maplewood by a Ramsey County Sheriff’s officer who also reported the incident to McDonough. Thus, after two homosexual incidents reported to the Vicar General, Nienstedt gave Wehmeyer a plum assignment at Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul where the priest sexually abused another young boy. In April 2009, Haselberger sent Nienstedt a written memo reminding him of Wehmeyer’s criminal acts. A short while later a priest notified the Archdiocese that Wehmeyer solicited him for sex. Additional reports were coming in regarding the priest’s suspicious presence at a local campground frequented by young boys. There was also the problem of young boys entering and exiting the priest’s camper which was kept on church grounds. In the summer of 2009, Archbishop Nienstedt gave Wehmeyer a promotion! He made the priest pastor of Blessed Sacrament over the protests of Haselberger and Archdiocesan Chancellor Father Peter Laird. Two months later, Wehmeyer was arrested on suspicion of a DUI. The priest’s archdiocesan lawyer, Joseph Kueppers, got his client off with a sentence of 90 days in jail and two years of supervised probation. From 2010 to 2012, Wehmeyer claimed more male victims at Blessed Sacrament. The priest’s grooming techniques include giving young boys alcohol and marijuana and showing them pornography. He also toted a gun. On June 20, 2012, the Archdiocese opened a canonical investigation of Wehmeyer which was followed by a request for laicization of the perp. Even at this later date, the St. Paul Police had received no sexual abuse reports of minors from the Archdiocese against Wehmeyer. On June 22, 2012, Wehmeyer was arrested for criminal conduct against two brothers ages 12 and 16, and his computer holding child porn was confiscated by police (adding another 17 counts to the 3 already filed). On February 1, 2013, the priest pleaded guilty to all 20 counts. He was sentenced to five years in prison at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center. On January 29, 2014, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minnesota was overjoyed to hear that the Ramsey County Attorney would not criminally charge Archdiocesan officials for failing to report Wehmeyer to the police. No Archdiocesan official including Archbishop Nienstedt ever spent a day in jail.

It should be noted, however, that the above cases are a small representation of the more than 70 known clerical perpetrators found in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the identity of some of whom was hidden away in secret church personnel files, court records, private settlements, and institutional and police reports, over the last decade.

Is it any wonder that after looking at these Archdiocesan files, Haselberger finally called the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office (RCAO) and the St. Paul Police Department to discuss details of the Shelley and Wehmeyer cases and resigned her office?

Archbishop Nienstedt Lies Twice Under Oath

In his deposition of April 2, 2014, Archbishop Nienstedt gave false testimony on at least two occasions involving the criminal activities of Fathers Kenneth LaVan and Gilbert Gustafson (see above cases).

Nienstedt testified under oath that he did not know until March 2014, that Father LaVan, the notorious rapist of young girls and women with a record of assaults dating back to the 1980s, was still in public ministry. Nienstedt claimed that “As soon as I realized it, I had his faculties removed.” But documents released in August 2014 confirmed that Nienstedt received regular updates on LaVan and approved his continuing work at Twin City parishes as recently as August 15, 2013.

Similarly, Nienstedt testified under oath that he had first learned of the criminal conviction of boy-lover Gil Gustafson “during the last six months,” but in October 2014, when Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) released its documents on the case, they proved that Nienstedt knew about the priest’s criminal past as early as 2008.

Haselberger’s Incredible Revelation

How is it possible for an archdiocese to descend into such depths of moral turpitude without self-destructing?

That question was answered, indirectly, in a comment found in the Haselberger deposition. Among the archived files she reviewed while working for the Archdiocese was one that contained Archbishop Roach’s personal files on the former priest James Porter.

Who was Father James Robert Porter?

James Robert Porter was not a native son of Minnesota. He was born in 1935 in Revere, Mass. in the Diocese of Fall River. At the time of his death in 2005, he had claimed at least 200 victims, the majority of them boys, in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Rhode Island.

Porter assaulted his first known victim in 1953, the summer before he entered the seminary. He assaulted dozens of boys and girls in eight different Catholic parishes after he was ordained in 1959 [1960?]. Catholic officials never turned the priest over to the police.

In 1967, he was sent for “treatment” for his “vociferous” sexual appetite to the Order of the Servants of the Paraclete Center in New Mexico where, in between therapy sessions, he assisted at various Catholic parishes and assaulted more victims.

Still, in 1969, the Order staff pronounced him “cured” and Porter was released and reassigned to a parish in Bemidji, MN in the Crookston Diocese where he sexually abused more young teens.

In 1971, Archbishop Binz sent Porter back to the Servants of the Paraclete Center in St. Louis for more “treatment.” At this point Porter decided he wanted to leave the priesthood. When he was released he found secular employment and housing in Maplewood, MN.

In 1974, Pope Paul VI accepted Porter’s petition to leave the priesthood.

Porter married in 1976 and had four children by his younger wife. He also tutored students in math at the Transfiguration Catholic School in Maplewood (1982-1991) and taught Sunday school at his church.

In 1984, Porter sexually abused his children’s babysitter and her younger sister, which led to his first arrest and conviction in 1992-1993. But he served only four months out of six in prison before his conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In 1992, the Falls River Diocese reached a $5 million settlement with 68 of Porter’ victims.

In 1993, after dozens of lawsuits were filed against him [200 counts of sexual abuse in Minnesota alone], Porter’s attorney struck a plea bargain and the former priest was sentenced to 18-20 years in a maximum-security prison with the possibility of parole after six years. Porter completed his sentence in 2004, but was still held in prison pending a civil commitment hearing when he died of cancer on February 11, 2005.

Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese Aids Porter Fund

Now that the reader knows a little bit about James Porter, let’s return to Archbishop Roach’s personal file discovered by Haselberger in the archdiocesan archives which contained a letter written by Reverend Kevin McDonough, Roach’s (and Harry Flynn’s) Vicar General, to the Bishop of the Fall River Diocese explaining the rationale behind the Archdiocese’s decision to contribute to Porter’s legal defense fund.

According to Haselberger:

    • Father McDonough wrote that in his experience if an accused priest had good legal counsel, his attorney would convince the priest to stay quiet, while if the priest did not have good legal counsel, he was more likely to try and spread the blame for his actions to include others. I don’t remember if it was implied or directly stated that those who could be implicated were the diocese and/or the bishop, but the purpose of the letter was to encourage the bishop to commit to financial assistance for Porter’s legal fees.

That is to say, the Archdiocesan sheeple (parishioners) are to contribute to Porter’ legal fees to insure he won’t squeal on other perps in the Archdiocese, be they bishops or priests or religious. And, that these persons can, in turn, continue to prey on the sheeple’s children with impunity, until one of them is caught and the cycle begins again. And, as in the Gustafson case, the sheeple can be expected to continue to make payments even after the perp’s release from jail and his laicization from the priesthood, for his housing, healthcare insurance, and other living expenses.

Jennifer Haselberger Vindicated

On May 31, 2018, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced a $210 million settlement in its bankruptcy case, “the largest settlement ever of its kind.” That’s right – $210 million which will be used to set up a trust fund for more than 450 abuse survivors.

By this time, if the reader’s eyes are not moistened with tears of sorrow and righteous indignation please check your pulse for any sign of life.

(To be continued)

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Randy Engel, one of the nation’s top investigative reporters, began her journalistic career shortly after her graduation from the University of New York at Cortland, in 1961. A specialist in Vietnamese history and folklore, in 1963, she became the editor of The Vietnam Journal, the official publication of the Vietnam Refugee and Information Services, a national relief program in South Vietnam for war refugees and orphans based in Dayton, Ohio Continue reading The strange case of Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt, Part I – A homosexual cleric on the fast track (More appropriately the “archetype” case of  Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt)

The Catholic Church must confess its sins. All of them.

The Catholic Church must confess its sins. All of them.

Edward Morrissey

Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers

Over the last two weeks, we have seen why. Three responses from the church’s leadership, in the U.S. and in the Vatican, paint the 2,000-year-old organization as still blind to its predicament — more caught up in politics than in resolution, and its ordained and laity more interested in fighting an ideological war than in demanding accountability at every level of the church.

The latest episode of this crisis started with a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that identified hundreds of alleged abusers within the Catholic Church, and the failings of leadership to put an end to it. The report itself is damning but complex, with outright villains and others who failed to confront evil forcefully enough. Cardinal Donald Wuerl came under particular criticism for failing to act, a charge that Wuerl decided to rebut at his current assignment in the archdiocese of Washington — by publishing a website called “The Wuerl Record.” The website extolled Wuerl’s efforts to curtail child abuse while serving as the bishop in Pittsburgh and his “work as a longtime advocate and voice on this issue.”

That effort didn’t last long, however; a chorus of criticism over Wuerl’s public-relations efforts forced the archdiocese to withdraw it. While not inaccurate, it failed to respond to specific allegations involving priests that were allowed to remain in public ministry despite credible accusations of abuse, even as the grand jury noted other occasions where Wuerl responded more assertively. Wuerl’s name comes up more than 150 times in the grand jury report, and few of those references are positive.

Then, over the weekend, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States accused Pope Francis of knowingly reinstating Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to his ministry despite evidence that he had corrupted seminarians during his career. Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who has found himself at odds with the pontiff over his career track, openly called for Francis to resign. Rather than respond directly to the accusation, Pope Francis told reporters that the “statement speaks for itself,” and that journalists should “read the statement attentively, and you make your own judgment. I will not say a single word about this.”

And why not? Cardinal Blaise Cupich of Chicago explained that Pope Francis has a “bigger agenda” to handle than the sexual abuse scandal. “He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church,” Cupich told NBC News. “We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.” Furthermore, Cupich claimed that Francis was being persecuted “because he’s a Latino.” (Francis, it should be noted, is the son of two Italian immigrants to Argentina …)

In the wake of all these statements, fights erupted between different factions of the Catholic Church, and of the media as well. Conservatives lined up behind Vigano and declared this to be an indictment of Francis’ leadership. Liberals accused conservatives of attempting a coup.

It’s hard to imagine so many people missing the point at the same time, but here we are. The issue isn’t one of conservatives against liberals, either within the church or outside of it. It’s not about Francis’ agenda, or even strictly about Francis at all. It’s not about pursuing political goals about immigration or the environment. It’s about the credibility of the Catholic Church and of all Catholics within it, a problem that few people seem to want to discuss.

This crisis keeps getting deeper because the Catholic Church refuses so far to deal honestly with it. If the Vatican and the bishops wanted to confront this crisis, all of the dioceses around the world would have been ordered to release all their documentation on abuse cases to the public, or at least to law enforcement. Instead, 16 years after the Boston Globe series of reports first exposed the crisis and the reach of its cover-up, we need grand juries to conduct investigations to get around the silence of church leadership. We hear from people like Cardinal Wuerl that new procedures have been put in place to deal with abuse, and then find out later that known abusers remain in public ministry — and in cases like Cardinal McCarrick, continue to occupy positions of power.

That didn’t start with Francis. It started with St. John Paul II, extends all the way through the pontificate of Benedict XVI, and the five-plus years in which Francis has been in charge. It involves liberal and conservative bishops, liberal and conservative priests, and liberal and conservative dioceses. This scandal infects every corner of the church, and will until it gets fully exposed.

This is why Cardinal Cupich’s statement gets the problem exactly backward. Sixteen years of dithering and half-hearted reforms following decades of abuses and moral depravity have sapped the church’s credibility on all of the issues Cupich mentions, and more. It’s no accident that Ireland, once considered the most Catholic of nations in Europe, overwhelmingly voted for legalized abortion this year over the objections of the church. Argentina, the pope’s native country, may yet pass its own bill legalizing abortion. This follows decades in which the church has lost ground on any number of moral issues especially in the West — euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and others.

The church needs to rearm itself by following its own teachings. It starts with a full confession of all transgressions in order to finally pull the inadequate bandages that the Catholic Church keeps applying to this scandal, full repentance, and a new commitment to sin no more. We Catholics understand how difficult that can be. However, it is the only path to redemption — and thus far, it has the novelty of having not yet been tried over the last 16 years.

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 “I will not say a single word about this”.

With this sentence, uttered August 26th 2018, on his return flight from Dublin to Rome, Pope Francis responded to the shocking revelations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, which involve him directly. To the journalist Anna Matranga (NBC) who had asked him whether the things the former Nunzio to the United States had written were true, the Pope in fact replied: “I read that statement this morning, and I must tell you sincerely that, I must say this, to you and all those who are interested: Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment, I will not say a single word on this. I believe that the communiqué speaks for itself, and you have enough journalistic skills to draw the conclusions. It’s an act of trust (confidence): after a while when you have drawn your conclusions, perhaps I will speak. But I’d like your professional maturity to do this work: it will be good for you, truly.  Fine like that.”

A bishop demolishes the atmosphere of conspiratorial silence and connivance, naming names and giving precise circumstances of a “pro-homosexual current in favor of subverting the Catholic doctrine regarding homosexuality” and the presence of “homosexual networks, now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders etc.,” that “act covered by secrets and lies with the tentacle-like power of an octopus crushing innocent victims, priestly vocations and  strangling the entire Church.”

Confronted with this courageous voice which breaks the silence, Pope Francis remains silent and entrusts the mass-media with the task of judging it, according to their political and worldly criteria, so very different from that of the religious and moral judgment of the Church. A silence which appears even graver than the scandals brought to light by Archbishop Viganò.

This leprosy developed after the Second Vatican Council, as the consequence of the new moral theology which denied absolute morals and claimed the role of sexuality both heterosexual and homosexual, thought of as a factor in the growth and realization of the human person. The homosexualization of the  Church started to spread in the 1970s and 1980s, as the meticulously documented  book by Father Enrique Rueda reveals: The Homosexual Network: Private Lives and Public Policy, published in 1982.

In order to understand the situation at that time, it is essential to read the study dedicated to Homosexuality and the Priesthood. The Gordian Knotof Catholics? by Professor Andrzej Kobyliński of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.* Kobyliński cites a book entitled The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A reflection on the Priest’s Crisis of Soul, by Donald Cozzens, Rector of the Cleveland Seminary in Ohio, wherein the author states that at the beginning of the 21st century the priesthood became a “profession”, exercised predominantly by homosexuals and we can even talk about  “a heterosexual exodus from the priesthood.”

Kobyliński reports an emblematic case: that concerning the Archbishop of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Rembert Weakland, acclaimed exponent of the American progressive and “liberal” current. “Weakland has, for decades, covered up cases of sexual abuse by priests, sustaining a vision of homosexuality contrary to that of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. At the end of his tenure, he effected a gigantic embezzlement of about half a million dollars from the funds of his archdiocese, to pay his former-partner who was accusing him of sexual molestations.  In 2009, Weakland had his “coming out”, by publishing his autobiography entitled: A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church, wherein he himself admitted to being homosexual and of having had, for decades, continuative sexual relationships with many partners. In 2011, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was constrained to declare bankruptcy, for the high profile of compensations due to the victims of pedophile priests.”

In 2004 The John Jay Report appeared, a document prepared at the request of the American Episcopal Conference, in which all the cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests and deacons, from 1950 to 2002, were analyzed. This document of almost 300 pages is of extraordinary informative value – writes Kobyliński.  The John Jay Report  “demonstrated the link between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. According to the report of 2004, in the overwhelming majority of cases of sexual abuse it is not about pedophilia, but ephebophilia, that is, a degeneration that consists not only of sexual attraction towards children, but towards adolescent boys, at the age of puberty. The John Jay Report demonstrated that about 90% of the priests condemned for sexual abuse with minors are homosexual priests.”

The McCarrick scandal is therefore not the last act in a crisis that goes way, way back. Yet, in the “Letter of the Pope to the People of God, and throughout his trip in Ireland, Pope Francis has not once denounced this moral disorder. The Pope retains that the main problem in sexual abuse by the clergy is not homosexuality but clericalism. Referring to these abuses, the progressive historian Alberto Melloni, writes that “Francis finally deals with the crime on the ecclesiastical level: and he entrusts it to that theological subject – the people of God. To the people Francis says without mincing words, that it is “clericalism” which has incubated these atrocities, not an excess or lack of morality” (La Repubblica , August 21, 2018).

«Le cléricalisme, voilà l’ennemi!». “Behold the enemy – clericalism,” The famous phrase pronounced on May 4th 1876 in the French Chamber of Deputies by Léon Gambetta (1838-1882), leading exponent of The Grand Orient of France, could easily have been made Pope Francis. This phrase, however, was considered the watchword by the Masonic secularism of the 19th century, and by applying it, the governments of the French Third Republic, carried out in the following years, an “anti-clerical” political program which had its stages in the secularization of the school, the expulsion of religious orders from the national  territory, divorce and the abolition of the concordat between France and the Holy See.  The clericalism Pope Francis speaks of is apparently different, but deep down he identifies it with that traditional conception of the Church which over the centuries was fought against by the Gallicans, the Liberals,  the Freemasons and the Modernists.

To reform the Church and purify Her of clericalism, the Italian sociologist Marco Marzano suggests the following to Pope Francis: “For example, a start might be to remove parish priests completely from the running of the parishes, depriving them of those monocratic and absolute  governing functions (financial and pastoral) of which they benefit today. It might be possible to introduce an important element of democracy, making bishops electable [by popular vote]. It might be possible, by replacing them with open and transparent structures, to close the seminaries, institutions of the counter-reform in which clericalism as a “spirit of caste” is still exalted and cultivated today. It might above all, be possible to cancel the norm upon which clericalism is today mostly based (and which is also the basis for the overwhelming majority of sexual crimes by the clergy)  and that is, – obligatory celibacy. It is precisely the chastity presumed in the clergy, with all the consequences of the purity, the sacredness and superhuman [aspects] that go along with it, which establish the main basis of clericalism”. (Il Fatto Quotidiano, August 25th 2018).   

Those who wish to demolish clericalism, want to destroy the Church. And if instead clericalism is meant as an abuse of power that the clergy exercise when they abandon  the spirit of the Gospel,  then there is no worse clericalism  than that of those who forsake stigmatizing extremely grave sins like sodomy and forget that the Christian life  must necessarily attain Heaven or Hell. In the years following Vatican II a great part of the clergy abandoned the idea of the Social Reign of Christ and accepted the postulate of secularization as an irreversible phenomenon. But when Christianity is subordinate to secularism, the Kingdom of Christ is transformed into a worldly kingdom and reduced to structures of power.  The militant spirit is replaced by the spirit of the world,  And the spirit of the world imposes silence on the drama the Church is living through right now.

 

*(https://journals.indexcopernicus.com/api/file/viewByFileId/261531.pdf)

Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana

The Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland Bishop of Tyler to Succeed Donna Wuerl Catamite and Episcopal Sodomy Cover Up Co Conspirator Cardinal Daniel Dinardo as Archbishop of Galveston/Houston, Deus Providebit!

 Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Viganò’s testimony raises some important questions which “deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence.”

Bishop Strickland’s Public Statement to the Diocese

Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and all Holy Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

A letter (click here) by Archbishop Viganò, former Nuncio to the United States, raises grave allegations and calls for the resignation of numerous high ranking prelates including Pope Francis.

Let us be clear that they are still allegations, but as your shepherd I find them to be credible.  Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation, similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible.  I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.

As this unfolds I urge all in the Diocese of Tyler to pray fervently for Holy Mother Church and beg the Intercession of Our Blessed Mother.  We are the flock of Jesus Christ.  He is Lord of His Church and His Holy Spirit will guide us through this darkness.

Almighty God Father, Son and Spirit have mercy on your Church and cleanse her in the fires of your Love.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us.
All Sainted Popes & Bishops in Heaven, Pray for us.
All Holy Men and Women, Pray for us.

I direct all priests to include this notice  in the masses on August 26, and post it on their websites and other social media immediately.

Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland
Bishop of Tyler

 

Francis is Done. A Letter to Randy Engel, Author of The Rite of Sodomy

I thought you would be the expert source not only for the PA AG Report, but all the others, culminating in a Federal Grand Jury and hopefully a RICO indictment of Dinardo and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, or whatever they are calling themselves now. Wuerl popped like a balloon! Francis’ head is on the chopping block and does not have any defense whatsoever, quit the contrary.  As you know there are sex abuse cover up court cases against Francis as Archbishop of Buenos Aires documented by Bishopsaccountability.com. I am sure there will be accusations forth coming from when Francis was Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel in San Miguel. Francis, a Lucio Gelli P-2 protege is an indicted war criminal and child trafficker by the Federal Court in Argentina for his CIA/ Peronista Nazi/Comunist crimes including allegations of torture and murder of lay Catholics and two Jesuits as Jesuit Provincial during the CIA Dirty War in Argentina. Francis’ infamous “Who am I to judge” came after Francis repudiated (covered up) overwhelming evidence by Church and State against Monsignor Ricca to make Ricca Francis’ personal legate to over see the Vatican Bank reform. LOL. Francis, the day after his masonic rigged election, at Mary Majors said nothing to the Rector Bernard Law, and appointed Law’s successor stodge Sean O’Mally to head Francis’ completely vacuous Sexual Abuse Vatican Commission which has suffered several key defections because of its planned ineptitude, of key figure head members. One member, a former  Provincial of the Chicago Province, who knowingly allowed Fr. Don McGuire to continue to abuse 10 year old boys in his company, by releasing Fr. Don under the personal cognizance of Mother Theresa and Fr. John Hardin to continue to rape children whose parents allowed their 10 year old sons to travel the globe with Fr. Don as motivational speaker to the pathetic zombies in Mother’s creepy personality cult, is still presiding over this Vatican child rape cover up farce with O’Mally. Francis made Mother a saint knowing about fellow Jesuit, her confessor, Don McGuire, a cover up of child rape to the highest degree.  Francis the Argentinian insulted Chile over child sexual abuse in cover up. The Chilean government in response is raiding every chancery in Chile for evidence of bishop covered up child rape. The whole episcopate of Chile offered to resign, after Francis blamed them for his own cover up. Francis accepted 5 resignations. When the Chile prosecutors bring their evidence and make their indictments, it is an indictment of Francis continuing to call Chile as an Argentinian liars and covering up for all Chilean bishops who offered to resign en mass but Francis did not accept their resignations en mass, only five.. And of course PA. The PS AG, not Wuerl’s puppeteer Gregory Zappala who helped  Wuerl in 85 cover up the clerical sex abuse roots of the attempted murder of Michael Ferrence’s son, but a Jew,  Shapiro, wrote Francis a certified letter months ago that PA Church officials, Wuerl and Zubrick, were attempting to keep the PA Grand Jury findings from promulgation through their influence over the PA Supreme Court Justices.  Remember Anthony Zappala was Supreme Court Chief Justice during Wuerls time in Pittsburgh. Francis as is typical did not respond. When the findings were finally promulgated after months of court delay, when asked to comment, Francis response was “no comment.”   Francis could have accepted Wuerls’ ordinary resignation at 75, but kept Wuerl on as a key strategist like Timmy Radcliff who sanctimoniously proclaims sodomy is eucharistic, for Francis the Apostate satanic war on The One Holy Apostolic Catholic Church. Francis still has not accepted Wuerls resignation. Francis is not sly or clever. He believes he is massively popular and will do whatever he wills. This is delusional. Just as Benedict could not withstand the enormity of his 25 year cover up of global child sex slave trafficking for JPII by Fr. Maciel, Francis is facing many times on a global level substantial charges of cover up. Francis will not survive. It is pathetic that Francis response is to blame clericalism and not homosexuality for child rape in the Church.Shapiro is not buying this red herring. It is hilarious the AG of Il. is convening a Grand Jury  under Cupich which will uncover much about Cardinal Bernadine, Cupich’s idol. I  hope the Nebraska AG will not stop in Lincoln but investigate Omaha under Dolan’s seminary  catamite  George Lukas. This could uncover  Boystown child sex slaving documented in Sen John Van de Camp’s The Franklin Cover up which is the beginning of modern child sex slaving via the Bush/Clinton/Tilman Fertitta/Bishop Fiorenza/Calos Slim Helu/ JP II /Fr. Maciel Sinaloa Cartel that Dinardo was sent to try to put back together as an cardinal agent of the Vatican Bank in 2006 after Benedict dismissed Maciel.  Just like Francis, Dinardo because of his on well documented cover up of sexual abuse as bishop of Souix City, Iowa, and then as Cardinal Archbishop of Galveston/Houston, and now as President of the National Conference of Bishops has an impossible task. Dinardo has said Wuerl, his twirl in his salad days as a young episcopal aspiring catamite in the Diocese of Pittsburg under Donna Wuerl, must be put out of the Church. I will not be surprised if Dinardo is one of the first to call for the resignation of Francis (so he Dinardo can be Pope). This is all hilarious!.  The Immaculate Heart of Mary is Triumphing everywhere. All that is needed for complete victory is the consecration of Russia by name in a public solemn ceremony by The Pope in union with all the still Catholic Bishops of the World.  Although I will indict Dinardo in my case, resigned or not, and I am sticking to my guns, Mary shows she does not need me in the least for her heart to triumph. But she does accept and protect my efforts and has blessed me in spite of my sinfulness and ignorance because I am one of the few who listen to what she said at Fatima and have not added to it but see it in its literal fulfillment. Congratulations Randy, good and faithful servant. Your reward will be grate in Heaven! I am so blessed to know you!
Deus Providebit!
Fr. Christopher

Since when has Francis the Apostate ever Confronted Homosexual Cleric Child Rape, Never!

Nolte: Vatican ‘No Comment’ About Hundreds of Predator Priests Abusing 1,000 Children

Pope Francis intervened several times in the case of Alfie Evans, the terminally-ill British toddler who died on Saturday
AFP

The Vatican had “no comment” when asked about hundreds of Pennsylvania priests sexually abusing a thousand children.

Where is Pope Francis?

Where is the moral leader of the Catholic Church?

Where is the compassionate, accessible Wheelchair Pope, the Energizer Bunny Pope, the Cynicism-Busting Pope who has always been so eager to comment on every hot button issue, from Global Warming to immigration to homosexuality?

I know where Francis is not. He is not where he should be, in Pennsylvania overseeing a revolutionary and historic house cleaning of a satanic cancer that infects his Church, a 70-year-old cancer of priests and bishops and cardinals who are guilty of either engaging in an organized cabal to rape little boys and girls, or in covering up those unspeakable crimes.

Worse still, not only is Francis not in Pennsylvania personally disinfecting his Church, all we are hearing from the Vatican, the same Vatican that knew well in advance this utterly damning grand jury report was coming out, is “no comment.”

What we have here is a painfully detailed report using on the record testimony and — my God — the Church’s own secret archives, to lay out a painfully detailed case against hundreds of priests who abused and raped some 1,000 children over 70 years — a highly organized pedophile ring allowed to operate for seven decades.

Moreover, the cover up, the enabling of these child rapists goes all the way to the Vatican itself.

What the Vatican is dealing with here goes beyond even the original child abuse scandal that threatened to swamp the Church some 15 years ago. While the first scandal was its own kind of horror show, we were assured this was behind us, the truth had been fully revealed, the wrongdoers punished, the victims made as whole as possible, the page turned.

Now we are learning this is not even close to the truth, that in just one of our 50 states, the cover up and lies marched on to protect an unspeakable evil.

And where is Francis?

Why isn’t he in Pennsylvania personally thanking this grand jury, personally thanking Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and calling on the attorney generals in all 50 states to launch similar investigations with the Pope’s personal assurance they will have the full cooperation of the Church?

You want to know what should chill every Catholic to the marrow? If this is happening here in America, a country with a legitimate criminal justice system and free press, what horrors are being unleashed in third world countries? In corrupt countries?

As a conservative Catholic (I joined the Church in 2008 believing the sex scandal had been eradicated), I have gone out of my way not to beat up Francis. Even though I believe he is wrong about a lot of things, something I admire about the Catholic Church is the intellectual diversity within. That debate is healthy. So this is not me exploiting the opportunity to bash our left-wing Pope, a man whose photo sits on my fireplace mantle. Rather, this is a practicing Catholic who joined the Church as a 42-year-old man with an open heart, who is just as angry and disappointed in St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and who fears the Church is beyond redemption.

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