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  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Why would the archbishop ever have thought clerical sex abuse was a resolved problem?


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Archbishop’s apology isn’t persuasive

On Sunday, Archbishop John Nienstedt told reporters, “When I arrived here seven years ago, one of the first things I was told was that this whole issue of clerical sex abuse had been taken care of and I didn’t have to worry about it.”

Who would tell him that? And even if someone did, why on Earth would he believe it? For decades, child sexual abuse by priests has been front-page news worldwide. Billions of dollars have been paid to thousands of victims. Some dioceses have gone bankrupt over penalties for these shamefully common crimes. But he was told there was no problem here, so he never worried? I don’t believe it.

I believe that the archbishop feels the need to cover himself, and that he thinks we are gullible enough to buy his story.



Which to fear more: crime or profiling?

The recent uptick in violent crime around the University of Minnesota campus underscores more than just a “crime wave.” For weeks, the news has been conspicuously void of information about suspects. This pertinent information has now been unveiled.

But with the revelation that “crime alerts” have specified black suspect(s), the specter of racial profiling has entered in. I would have thought that by now we would have achieved adult status, capable of separating important information from racial profiling. But consider that one spokeswoman said that the race of a suspect should be kept out of a crime alert (“U alerts raise fears of racial profiling,” Dec. 14). The police might as well say the suspect was a human being!

In a culture in which we are taught to embrace our diversity, we should realize that every race has some bad actors. Crime alerts not only advise of potential problems but also can lead to the relay of relevant information back to police. The introduction of “racial profiling” concerns may delay apprehension and create additional victims.

Is that something we are willing to accept?

JOE POLUNC, Cologne, Minn.


It seems we’re all a bit complicit

At least twice in my life, I have stood small in the Boundary Waters wilderness while it changed my life. For me, it is the most sacred of spaces.

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