Thank goodness for Haselberger, but can that task force be trusted to act independently?
Thank goodness someone spoke up
Jennifer Haselberger, former canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, stated that she saw child pornography on a priest’s computer. That makes her a witness (“Insider puts her church on trial,” Oct. 13).
She stated there is a lack of transparency in the archdiocese in reference to its practice of protecting priests known to have exhibited tendencies toward child pornography and sexual attraction to children. That makes her a whistle-blower.
Because her efforts to move the archdiocese to do the right thing were to no avail, she resigned a high-level position for which she was eminently qualified and wrote a letter that she knew would be made public and would put her in the line of fire. She did this to protect children and to warn parents and parishioners.
It is sad indeed that it takes a newly appointed committee and further investigations to determine if what she saw and what she learned is true. In my opinion, her word is enough. Disgruntled? No, heroic.
ANDREA JOHNSON, Lake Elmo
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Years ago when St. John’s Abbey at Collegeville, Minn., received accusations of pedophilia in the monastery, a task force was appointed to oversee changes and to make sure it never happened again. We haven’t heard of any cases since.
Let’s compare it to the task force appointed by Archbishop John Nienstedt and headed by Reginald Whitt from the University of St. Thomas. Can the members of this task force be totally independent when investigating a colleague at St. Thomas? Why not have victims represented on this body?
KATHLEEN ZIEGLER, Lino Lakes
WORDS ON WAR
Thanks, Ike — and thanks, Jason Lewis
I want to commend Jason Lewis for his Oct. 13 column, which urges his fellow Republicans and the rest of us to follow President Dwight Eisenhower’s words about the folly of jumping into wars to save American interests in the world. For the first time ever, I completely agree with Lewis!
I am an 85-year-old, front-line veteran of the Korean War and holder of the Bronze Star medal for my service in that war.
I consider myself a liberal, having voted largely for Democrats. However, if the Republican Party were to adopt Eisenhower’s views, I might even vote for Republicans again.
RICHARD D. THORSEN, Minneapolis
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