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That certainly contradicts the draft of the letter Nienstedt wrote to Rome in May 2012, worrying that the diocese’s failure to report potential underage pornography discovered from one priest’s laptop “could expose the Archdiocese, as well as myself, to criminal prosecution.”
It’s also contrary to the Rev. Kevin McDonough’s January 2013 warning to Nienstedt about the same issue, as well as former Chancellor for Canonical Affairs Jennifer Haselberger’s February 2013 memo asking the archbishop to turn over evidence of potential child abuse “in the hopes of avoiding prosecution for you and your staff.”
It’s a good bet most of the reporters at Our Lady of Grace Church on Sunday had copies of those letters in their pockets. There is a reason people don’t allow questions at news conferences.
Speaking about the hostile e-mail and tepid apology and the allegation against the archbishop that bookended his week, abuse victim Marker said, “They need to stop apologizing and start acting.”
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