John C. Nienstedt
(in addition to each tale of victimization)
to emerge from the pedophile priest crisis
in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis,
Minn., is the role played by the Rev. Mr.
a senior commander with the City of
St. Paul Police Department, no less —
is now known as the man who drives
the get-away car for Archbishop
John C. Nienstedt.
we have christened Nienstedt, Flynn, and Co.,
has made great strides as archbishop to protect
serial predators. Indeed, he and his predecessor,
Harry J. Flynn — despite solemn oaths and public
relations promises to the contrary — have exerted
their influence beyond obstruction and intimidation
to conceal the evidence and history of these crimes.
drag their lay employees in to this criminal morass as accessories and inculcate their beliefs with the pedophile mindset as the logical conclusion for the faithful within the Roman Catholic
Church in America. As with the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (i.e. the Rev. Jim Jones and Jonestown), Scientology’s
Sea Org and other cult groups, we’ve seen this shift in reasoning as a disintegrated construct that ultimately attacks the core beliefs of young people.
Robert J. Carlson
St. Louis, Mo.
But why would some church employees,
like Vomastek, accept this premise?
St. Louis, agreed to perform the dirty
work for Archbishop John Roach. But,
then, he is a careerist. As vicar general
his finger prints are all over the many
documents locked away in Nienstedt’s
vault. He has no qualms about looting
a child’s innocence.
Carlson’s vocation strategy for both
Flynn and Nienstedt. The former Twin Cities vicar general
thought he could build his career on the backs of the victims of child molesters and the vulnerable. But Flynn and Nienstedt have failed to make good on McDonough’s option on a cathedral throne.
catastrophe forced Flynn from the University of St. Thomas
board of trustees, which is as it should be. Academia, after all, relies to a certain degree on moral character and the ability
to tell the truth. McDonough resigned from the St. Thomas board in October 2013.
A non-profit organizations operate on the same principle: the imperative to maintain a pristine reputation is critical to successful outreach and fundraising (as the Susan G. Koman Foundation discovered in 2013). And, yet, McDonough is still a member of
the Northwest Area Foundation board of directors.
Why is that?
Perhaps the time has come for Northwest Area board members
to consider McDonough’s presence. Perhaps this process should begin Linda L. Hoeschler, a respected advocate for the arts and underprivileged; Sally Pedersen, the former lieutenant governor of Iowa; and Louis F. Hill, scion of the James J. Hill family.
The Rev. Peter J. Laird was an immediate failure as vicar general. Courtroom testimony forced his resignation by disclosing the level of activity used to thwart the police.
agree to participate in the level of corruption as implied their
job descriptions. Representing their client is one thing; failure to meet the minimum ethical standards is something else. Carlson, McDonough, and Laird, as clergyman have a vested interested in the criminal enterprise, but it’s remarkable that layman continue to work as consigliere.
this current display of criminal activity
by the archdiocese leadership. A trained
police office with the City of St. Paul
Police Department — a retired senior
commander, no less — Vomastek is
employed as director of clergy services
within the Office of the Life and Ministry
Criminal conspiracy, crisis management,
and personnel difficulties are not the
duties of a training manager or continuing
In fact, Vomastek’s participation in the cover up of criminal activity by known pedophile priests; lying to investigators; and scrubbing the crime scene for one or more crime scenes, is not within his purview at all. But Nienstedt must value Vomastek’s
20-plus-year career with City of St. Paul Police Department in
this crime drama.
A few days before the 23 June 2012 arrest of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, McDonough began to build an alibi that could be
used to defend himself and the archdiocese. As the so-called “delegate for safe environments,” McDonough and Vomastek met with a group of senior Chancery staff — Jennifer Haselberger, vice chancellor for canonical affairs; then-vicar general Peter Laird, and Andrew Eisenzimmer, vice chancellor of civil affairs — to advise them “that the police had been notified and [he and Vomastek] could proceed” to the rectory of Blessed Sacrament Church to tell Wehmeyer that he had been accused of abusing children and must leave the premises.
Wehmeyer was pastor of Blessed Sacrament despite supervision for sexual misconduct: he molested a 12-year-old boy in the summer of 2010. In 2009, he pled guilty to a drunk driving and sentenced to 90 days in jail and 2 years supervised probation.
Scrubbing the Crime Scene
According to media reports, McDonough and Vomastek confiscated Wehmeyer’s computer and a gun.
the child who first came forward to allege abuse.
A rogue cop caught up
in the pedophile priest
culture of the Roman
message to Cmdr. Axel Henry with a
suspect’s name and the name of the
victim’s mother. The message reads:
“Can you let me know if you have the
original case of a few weeks ago when
I called and if you need any help from
our end? The person we talked about
will be relieved of duties tomorrow.”
provided,” Henry responded on the
morning 21 June 2012.
made the report and never gave a
suspect name,” Henry’s note continues.
“If you have the original victim(s) names
that would confirm this. Otherwise we
will need to go to plan B because we
have no report.”
The archdiocese also contends that Vomastek telephoned the police en route to Blessed Sacrament to dismiss Wehmeyer. Nonetheless, the police file shows that on 21 June 2012, at
11 a.m., while McDonough and Vomastek were reportedly with Wehmeyer, a police detective at the department received “preliminary information” about the abuse.
management before. In fact, it’s
standard operating procedure for
the American hierarchy.
the Diocese of Jefferson City, the
Diocese of St. Cloud, and elsewhere.
Obstructing a police investigation is
standard operating procedure for
the United States Conference of
typical ploy of bishops and those with
career aspirations. Imposing gag orders
to settle cases and silence witnesses
is a prime victimization tactic.
Jerome G. Hanus, O.S.B., the retired archbishop of Dubuque,
Iowa, intervened in similar cases throughout his tenure as bishop
of St. Cloud, Minn., and worked in concert with the Abbot Jerome
Theisen of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., to protect
predatory Benedictine monks. He is still a party to multiple
civil suits regarding crimes against children and vulnerable
adults despite the fact that in August 2013 he negotiated reparations with 26 victims (22 males and four females) in the Dubuque archdiocese for $5.2 million.
A civil suit filed in 2011 alleged that Hanus supervised Parry at Conception 1973-1979. Parry told Hanus in 1981 that he had been involved in three inappropriate sexual relationships. The suit also alleges he admitted a relationship with a student in 1981 while he was at St. John’s. Parry admitted that incident of sexual misconduct to Theisen and two other monks at St. John’s, the lawsuit claims.
The attorney for two of Parry victims at Conception Abbey deposed Hanus on 25 April 2013 in preparation for trial. Hanus resigned in 2013, citing ill health.
For the record, Hanus settled nine additional cases in March 2007 (seven mails and two females) for $2.6 million. The reparations are related to sexual molestation involving six priests: Patrick McElliot who served at St. Patrick, Ryan; William Schwartz, Columbus High School, Waterloo; John Brickle and Joseph Patnode, St. Patrick, Nevada; Timothy Devenney, St. Columkille, Dubuque; and Allen Schmitt, Sacred Heart, Waterloo.
In March 2008, Hanus settled settled 18 cases for $4.7 million. In February 2006, Hanus settled more sexual abuse claims by paying $5 million to 20 more victims.
Msgr. Gerold J. Kaiser
Diocese of Jefferson City
‘Ultimate Company Man’
Jefferson City (1969-1997), your
immediate predecessor, engaged
in similar capers with his own
chancellor and vicar general,
Msgr. Gerold J. Kaiser (1916-1987).
As we have described in Childproof 6,
the Rev. James J. Mohan, an Irish
native, is known to have molested a
number of youngsters during his last
assignment in 1973 as pastor of
Visitation Church, Vienna, Mo.,
nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks.
He also molested at least one other
youngster at Immaculate Conception
Church in Montgomery City.
1 September 1973.
Kaiser, who shared confidences with Starmann as a close friend, said that he arrived at the parish rectory at midnight, “scooped Mohan up and drove him to Lambert Airport in St. Louis, where [he was] put on a plane for London, England.” Before boarding, Kaiser also “stuffed” $15,000 in Mohan’s pocket and told the sexual predator not to return the United States.
According to Starmann:
warrant for Mohan’s arrest, charging him with
the sexual molestation of a couple of teenage
boys. Though I’m not a lawyer, this smelled to
me of obstruction of justice.”
Starmann describe his relationship with Kaiser:
Rev. Kevin McDonough
and Vomastek claim they had permission
from the police to visit Wehmeyer —
permission Vomastek says he received
by telephone from a representative of
the St. Paul police.
that he took the computer because he
wanted to preserve the chain of evidence.
And as the principle authority of the
archdiocese, we do not understand why
McDonough would delegate his job to a
subordinate like Vomastek. After all,
what’s a little more dirt on those
McDonough had been vicar for nearly one year, when Jeub was accused in 1992 of molesting a 15-year-old girl in 1969. at Our Lady of Grace in Edina, Minnesota Jeub denied allegation.
Jeub was found in a civil trial not to have engaged in abusive behavior. Nonetheless, McDonough sent Jeub to St. Luke's Institute, a church-owned organization Silver Springs, Maryland, for evaluation and treatment and the use of psychiatry to care for, protect, and/or “cure” predatory priests. The church operates multiple venues for this purpose such as the Institute of Living, Hartford, Conn.
The archdiocese noted in Jeub’s personnel file that he had a history of exploitative sexual relations with adult women. According to a psychiatric evaluation, one Jeub’s victims included
a nun he was counseling, a blind woman he was caring for, and
the wife of a patient in a hospital where he worked as chaplain,
Jeub was removed from full-time parish work 1990-2001, working on special assignment at the Chancery. He then was allowed to resume his duties, serving at St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, Minn., 1999-2002. He resigned from parish ministry in June 2002 due to the publicity about past accusations.
We believe the observations of others: Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi and the St. Paul police were not aggressive in pursuing evidence and filing charges. No search was executed, not files or other evidence was seized, and no one among the archdiocesan staff was deposed or provided testimony under oath.
for safe environment” and a former vicar general,
went with Deacon John Vomastek, a retired St. Paul
police senior commander, to “tip off” Wehmeyer
that he was about to be arrested — giving Wehmeyer
a day to potentially destroy evidence and move his
camper to storage in Oakdale.
his laptop computer and a gun he owned. They did
not turn over the computer to police until four
the allegation against Wehmeyer, Nienstedt
directed archdiocese victim advocate Greta
Sawyer to interview the child, instead of
turning the case over to police.
Nienstedt and/or McDonough offered
Vomastek for his role in this 2012
obstruction of justice involving Wehmeyer.
an aristocratic title from the Vatican:
the cachet of the Roman nobility created
by the papacy over the centuries still
attracts adherents. “Count” Vomastek
is a temptation that is as imaginative
as it is attractive.
have promised a papal knighthood
John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta is probably too grand
for a St. Paul policeman (the hierarchy is over-populated with
social climbers trying to escape their humble origins; the snobbery
of Raymond Cardinal Burke and Roger Cardinal Mahony would
not allow access to such an outsider). In actuality, Vomastek
may have been offered the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
of Jerusalem, which is readily available to most wealthy donors
in every diocese in the United States (we know of two from
with the criminal profile and scenario of the Wehmeyer.
is the youngest member of the family.