The 2002 USCCB Charter has
become a public relations
boilerplate of gobbledygook,
particularly in the Archdiocese
of St. Paul-Minneapolis.
appointed by the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB) in 2002 to draft the
so-called Charter for the
Protection of Children and
Young People you stated publicly
that the American hierarchy has
not been faithful to its vision.
John C. Nienstedt, Flynn’s successor
as archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis
set aside this re-vision to renew the
effort to protect pedophile priests
and cover up the sex crimes of other
As noted throughout this report, Thy Child’s Face has identified
Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, as the unequivocal leader
of this new gang of rogue bishops. Nienstedt, a competent
lieutenant, is embedded within this group, which includes the
new president of the USCCB, Joseph E. Kurz, archbishop of Louisville, Ky. , and his Knoxville, Tenn., successor, Richard F. Stika (Kurz succeeded Anthony J. O’Connell in 1999; Stika, like O’Connell, is a product of the St. Louis, Mo., seminary system); Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis and the man who helped John R. Roach (1995-2008), Flynn’s predecessor, organize the Twin Cities’ cover-up in the 1980’s. The Minnesota influence also extends to the diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, with
the 2008 promotion of Richard E. Pates after his tour of duty with Flynn as an auxiliary bishop (2001-2008).
But an interesting side note is that in 1983 Roach promoted Carlson to become a Twin Cities auxiliary bishop. Paul V. Dudley, bishop
of Sioux Falls, S.D. (1978-1995) and a former Roach auxiliary, participated in Carlson’s 1983 consecration ceremony. Dudley resigned as bishop of Sioux Falls after denying six separate allegations child molestation were made public in 1994. Carlson, then, succeeded Dudley (1995-2005). Archbishop Flynn cleared Dudley of the charges.
As the New York Times noted in its 2 May 2006 story entitled, Pensions in Peril Over Church Exemptions:
public discussion of its accounts in 2003 that it had tapped into
an 82-year-old pension fund for priests to help pay legal
settlements and other costs involving sexual abuse claims,
something the pension law would not allow a nonreligious
organization to do. The archdiocese decided to use the money
that way, it said, because it had set up another priests’ pension
fund in 1969, reducing the importance of the older fund.
Benefit Guaranty Corporation, said he thought more such
problems would arise. ‘There have been a significant number
of plans that have gotten their I.R.S. ruling letters and have
opted out of P.B.G.C. coverage,’ he said. ‘Every plan that
loses insurance protection is at risk.’ He . . . now practice[s]
at the Washington firm of Keightley and Ashner [Harold J.
Ashner, a former assistant general counsel for legislation
and regulations at the pension agency].”
The morass of child molestation and the dismay over the deliberate inaction of clerics like Nienstedt and Flynn led to the 14 Articles of the so-called Charter. But the document has suffered the same fate as the previous commitments of the USCCB.
It is evident that Nienstedt and the next generation of American bishops have failed every Article except the four that are the most self-serving (Articles 9-12), despite the sentiment expressed in the preamble:
commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being
including counseling, spiritual assistance, support groups,
and other social services (Article 1).
a minor has occurred (Article 2).
substantial reasons are brought forward by the victim/survivor
and noted in the text of the agreement (Article 3).
authorities; and cooperate in their investigation in accord
with the law of the jurisdiction in question. In every instance,
bishops will advise victims of their right to make a report to
public authorities and will support this right (Article 4).
in for anyone who would harm the young (Article 5).
and appropriate boundaries for clergy and other church
personnel in positions of trust (Article 6).
to transparency and openness (Article 7).
and provide a vehicle of accountability and assistance
to the USCCB Office for Child and Youth Protection
personnel who have regular contact with minors:
specifically, utilizing the resources of law enforcement
and other community agencies. In addition, they will
employ adequate screening and evaluative techniques
in deciding the fitness of candidates for ordination
in accordance with the USCCB Program of Priestly
Formation, 1993 (Article 13).
and acknowledge an accurate and complete description
of any cleric’s record before an assignment, transfer,
or residence is approved in another diocese within the
United States, another country, or a religious order.
This record will include any information in his background
or service that would raise questions about his fitness for
ministry in accordance with the USCCB and Conference
of Major Superiors of Men Proposed Guidelines on the
Transfer or Assignment of Clergy and Religious, 1993
So we think it appropriate to reprint of a column published in 2004 on the editorial page of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press advising Archbishop Flynn about his non-compliance issues with the Charter that he wrote. Maybe Nienstedt will take the hint: