Kay Goodnow of Kansas City MO passes

July 23, 2014


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Kay Goodnow of Kansas City MO passes

Kay Goodnow of Kansas City MO passes

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

David Clohessy

I’m sad to share the news that a dear friend and colleague, Kay Goodnow of Kansas City, has passed away at the age of 77.

Kay was a long time member of SNAP and, years ago, of Link Up. She had an acerbic wit and a huge heart. Kay was also a firm believer in using “letters to the editor” and “comment” sections to criticize the corrupt and empathize with the wounded.

While she was healthy, Kay often attended SNAP events, especially in Kansas City. She never hesitated to speak her mind and each time she did, her words rang with truth and compassion.

Often, she spoke highly of her friends in this movement, including Nancy Meyer of Canada, Rick Springer of Chicago, Mike Hunter of Kansas City and Joe McGee of Colorado.

Just two or three weeks ago, right after a news conference outside Bishop Robert Finn’s headquarters, long time SNAP member Abbott Durocher drove me to the suburban retirement home where Kay was living. The three of us had a wonderful time catching up and reminiscing.

Kay was visibly glad to see us. And she recounted tales of discussing clergy sex crimes and cover ups with other residents and staff (noting with some glee, that the topic made some of her neighbors feel a little uncomfortable).

Kay was one of the 40+ brave KC victims who forced Finn to sign a contract to take 19 prevention steps as part of a historic settlement. (And because of her courage, she was able to “out” her predator, Fr. John Baskett (who also spent time in Las Vegas, North Carolina and Boonville, Missouri).

Kay was also one of the 40+ brave KC victims who took Finn to court in 2011, charging that he broke that binding contract. In an unprecedented move, as reported in the New York Times recently, an arbitrator awarded those victims $1.1 million for the further pain they suffered because Finn so clearly broke his word (in part, by taking little or no effective action, for months, to keep predators Fr. Shawn Ratigan and Fr. Michael Tierney away from children).

As a friend to the suffering and an advocate for the vulnerable, Kay will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to her family.



Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandal

July 17, 2014


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Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals



John C. Nienstedt, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been accused of having sexual relationships and protecting abusive priests. CreditRichard Tsong-Taatarii/The Star Tribune, via Associated Press

Just two years ago, the Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis was making headlines as a leader in the battle against same-sex marriage. But for the last year and a half, the archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, has been battling to hold onto his post in the face of a series of scandals, which further deepened on Tuesday with the filing of an explosive affidavit by the former chancellor of the archdiocese.

The troubles started in May 2013 when the accountant for the archdiocese pleaded guilty to stealing more than $670,000 in church funds, and intensified when the chancellor, Jennifer M. Haselberger, quit and went public that autumn with allegations that the archbishop and his inner circle had covered up the actions of pedophile priests in recent years and funneled special payments to them.

This month brought new revelations, first reported by the Catholic journal Commonweal, that Archbishop Nienstedt had earlier this year commissioned an investigation of himself in response to allegations that he had a series of inappropriate sexual relationships with men, including seminarians and priests he supervised, as he moved up the church’s hierarchy in Detroit and Minnesota.

The archbishop said the accusations are “entirely false,” and do not involve minors or criminal conduct, and that he had authorized his auxiliary bishop to hire a law firm in Minneapolis to conduct an independent investigation.

His defenders say he is being pilloried because of his staunch opposition to homosexuality, spending more than $650,000 in church funds in 2012 to campaign for a state constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. The amendment ultimately failed.

In his previous post, as bishop of the New Ulm Diocese, he advised parishioners against seeing the film “Brokeback Mountain,” a story about two gay cowboys, which he saw as a “human tragedy” about succumbing to lust.

Archbishop Nienstedt, 67, has appeared resolute, saying he made a promise to serve the church and does not intend to quit. He has already weathered a police investigation into an accusation that he touched a child’s buttocks during a photo session at a confirmation. He denied the allegation, and the county attorney declared in March that there was insufficient evidence to charge him. But the cloud of scandal and a pile of lawsuits have led to increased calls for him to resign.

“His ability to lead going forward has become severely compromised,” said Tom Horner, a prominent Catholic public relations consultant and former Independence Party candidate for governor. “He became such a polarizing figure that he now has very little reservoir of good will to draw from as he faces questions about his own activities and how he has managed abuse cases.”

In the latest challenge, on Tuesday, the archdiocese was surprised by a 107-page affidavit from Ms. Haselberger in which she rebuts claims made by the archbishop and his deputies in depositions taken in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Ms. Haselberger, a canon lawyer who has worked in other dioceses, said that in her more than five years as chancellor for canonical affairs in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Nienstedt and his top deputies disregarded warnings about priests accused of inappropriate contact with children or with vulnerable female parishioners; declined to report suspected abusers to civil authorities; failed to monitor sex offenders in the clergy; and in various ways violated the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Everything I had heard about Archbishop Nienstedt,” said Ms. Haselberger in a telephone interview, “led me to think that if there was ever a guy who was not going to put up with this kind of stuff, it would be him. Would you ever think that somebody with a reputation for being dogmatically pure would turn a blind eye to this kind of stuff? I was completely unprepared for it.”

She said in the affidavit that “every time” she tried to warn the archbishop and his deputies about abusive priests still serving in ministry “my concerns were ignored, dismissed, or the emphasis was shifted to what was best for the priest involved.”

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens responded to Ms. Haselberger’s allegations, saying: “Her recollections are not always shared by others within the archdiocese,” but added that after Ms. Haselberger left, the archdiocese had taken steps to address her concerns about the safety of children. One of the accused priests, the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, pleaded guilty in 2012 to possession of child pornography and to sexually abusing two brothers, then 12 and 14. One brother in turn sexually abused his twin 5-year-old sisters, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio, which has reported extensively on the allegations. Archbishop Nienstedt acknowledged in a sworn deposition in April, which the archdiocese has posted on its website, that he did not provide complete files on abusive priests to the police and did not disclose to parishes which priests were being monitored because of allegations of child abuse or an interest in child pornography.

The archbishop’s deposition was given as part of a lawsuit brought by Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul-based lawyer who has filed hundreds of sex abuse cases against the church.

Lawyers for the church had asked the judge to dismiss the suit, and the affidavit was filed by Mr. Anderson in response.

This is only one lawsuit among more than 40 filed in just over a year. In May 2013, the Minnesota Senate unanimously passed the Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifted the statute of limitations that prevented abuse victims from filing civil lawsuits after they turned 24. The law gives victims a temporary three-year window in which to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and the schools, churches or youth programs where they say abuse occurred.

The accusations about mishandling abuse cases have drawn in not only Archbishop Nienstedt, but also two predecessors, including the retired archbishop Harry Flynn, who had a reputation as a healer and helped craft the American bishops’ policies on abuse. It has also prompted the archdiocese and neighboring dioceses to release the names of priests who were credibly accused of abuse, many of which were never previously disclosed.

Francesco C. Cesareo, the president of Assumption College, in Massachusetts, and chairman of the United States bishops’ national review board on child abuse, said that the board “doesn’t delve into local matters,” but that in general bishops should be following a policy of zero tolerance: “The Charter is very clear that once a credible allegation has been established that the cleric is to be permanently removed from ministry.”

A version of this article appears in print on July 16, 2014, on page A13 of the New York edition with the headline: Calls for Resignation Mount for Minnesota Archbishop in Scandals. 


SNAP 2014 Conference Schedule (25th Anniversary)

July 15, 2014


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2014 Conference Schedule

SNAP 2014 Conference

25th Anniversary 



Friday, August 1 

7:00 pm SNAP Chicago leaders and Larry Suffredin

Welcome to the SNAP 2014 Annual Conference! Welcome to Chicago!

7:15 pm David Clohessy

Ours is a milestone, theirs is a millstone

At this point in his life, David can barely recall where he ate dinner last night. So luckily for all of us, he can’t tell old “war stories” all night long. His memory is terrific, however, when it comes to mistakes – his and ours. So he’ll offer some “lessons learned” from a long, tough but ultimately encouraging quarter century of hearing survivors’ incredible pain and watching their incredible growth.

7:45 pm Jason Berry

Pope Francis and the Clergy Abuse Crisis 

Pope Francis has appointed an abuse advisory commission, while the UN is pressuring the Vatican for greater accountability on complicit bishops and cardinals. What are the prospects for genuine reform? What lessons can we draw from the survivors’ movement, and what can we expect in the months ahead?

8:15 pm Vincent Warren

The Path to Accountability: All Roads Lead to Rome

Vince’s talk will trace the path of SNAP advocacy from the International Criminal Court to the United Nations in the pursuit of international accountability for the Catholic Church.

8:45 pm Peter Isely

The Trauma of Truth:  How 25 Years of SNAP Saying the Unsayable is Changing the Unchangeable

Whenever we survivors symbolize our trauma (or that in the body which actively resists speech), it is a “truth event,” a miracle made out of words.  Like trauma, truth creates a crisis, unsettles everything, and interrupts everyday functioning.  For 25 years, SNAP has been saying that which was never meant to be said and changing the most unchangeable institution on earth. With our words, we are “traumatizing the traumatizers,” generating an ongoing worldwide religious crisis that is literally disrupting and stopping faith based sexual violence.  Where did this trauma of truth come from and where is it now headed?

9:15 pm

Announcements and details for Saturday

9:30 pm Reception Ice Cream Social – Prairie Room

Hosted by National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)


Saturday Aug 2

7:00 am Morning walk, leisure to brisk pace (meet in hotel lobby)

9:00 am Kiera Feldman

In the world but not of it: Abuse in evangelical communities

How does Christian purity culture inform abuse? What are the means by which institutions re-victimize survivors? And what does resilience look like? From child sex abuse to sexual assault on campus, this presentation will discuss the long-term impact of trauma and the human consequences of privileging institutions over people.

9:30 am Justice Anne Burke

The Truth Will Set Us Free

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke believes that redemption for the Roman Catholic Church can only come through the virtue of Truthfulness.  After years of investigations into the tragedy of the Church’s failings in keeping our children safe from sexual abuse, is the Church any more transparent now?  Justice Burke explores the damage wrought by the absence of truth and encourages the laity to join with the ecclesial leadership to bring about a new era in the Catholic Faith – one based on truthfulness.

10:00 am Garry Wills

Hiding the Infection 

The claim that we should just “move on” from the criminal actions of priests and their protectors is a way of poisoning the future.  As Hamlet says, it does but “skin and film the ulcerous place / Whilst rank corruption, mining all within / Infects  unseen.”

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Breakout Session One

11:45 am Lunch

1:15 pm Jennifer Haselberger

Truth and Reconciliation: An Insider’s Reflections on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

In her presentation, Dr. Haselberger will offer her reflections on her ten years’ spent working for Catholic dioceses in the midst of the sexual abuse crisis, including the experiences that led to her resignation in April of 2013. She will offer her thoughts as to what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and how the Catholic Church’s response to clergy sexual misconduct can be improved.

1:45 pm Barbara Blaine

25 Years later the vision is the same but the future looks better than ever

It started with a desire to find healing and to protect others. A quarter century later SNAP continues armed with the same vision yet bolstered by successes of this past year. There are many reasons to hope. Blaine will provide, in a personable manner, the key events this past year in SNAP and outline next steps. She will provide meaningful ways everyone can participate to help bring about the vision of “protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded.”

2:45 pm Nicky Davis, Marek Lisinski and Juan Carlos Cruz

Multinational Report: Survivors are making a difference in Australia, Poland and Chile

3:45 pm Bishop Accountability: Anne Barrett-Doyle and Terry McKiernan

The Year in Review – with New Research on Pope Francis, Bankruptcies, Mandated Reporting, the “It’s History” Debate, and More

Anne and Terry will provide a lively and useful review of the past remarkable year, with thumbnail descriptions of research that will be helpful to you in your work.  Topics will include: Pope Francis and global mandated reporting; Milwaukee in the context of church bankruptcies past and future; abuse data and the “it’s history” debate; accused clerics in Chile and Belgium; and getting real about abuse statistics in the US and worldwide.

4:15 pm Break

4:30 pm Breakout Session Two

5:30 pm Dinner

5:30 pm Friends of Bill W Session (Meet in Clark  A(CC22A))

8:00 pm Video and Discussion


Judy Dench stars in the story of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a former BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to find her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travel companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship.

View movie followed by open discussion


Sunday Aug 3

7:00 am Morning walk, leisure to brisk pace (meet in hotel lobby)

9:00 am Boz Tchividjian

Darkness within the Church and the Hopeful Flashes of Light

If the Church professes to know God, why is there so much darkness within it?  Why has it failed to protect, pursue, and embrace the precious souls who are trapped and isolated in the dark places?  All too often the Church sacrifices the lives of its own as it attempts to preserve and protect its reputation and power.  The great tragedy is a Church that hurts, shames, and silences the very lives that God sees as beautiful and infinitely valuable. In all of this darkness, flashes of light are starting to appear.  Flashes that are overcoming darkness and bringing forth hope. Who are they and what do they look like?

9:30 am I Made a Difference Awards

9:45 am Pioneer Awards & Layperson of the Year Award

10:45 am Miguel Hurtado Calvo and Pete Saunders

Multinational Panel: Survivors making a difference in the United Kingdom, Spain and at the United Nations 

11:15 am Michael D’Antonio

Of Shepherds and Sheep — Justice, Spirituality, and the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Relying on the insights gained through his research and writing of his book Mortal Sins, Michael D’Antonio will examine the changing relationship between the hierarchy of the people who are the church. In Europe, North America and other places the old paradigm of leaders-and-followers, or shepherds and sheep, is being challenged by those who want a more democratic Christianity based on equality and mutual respect. At the forefront of this change are those who have held the church accountability of clergy abuse of children.

11:45 am Evaluation and Send off

12:00 Noon Conference Ends


From BishopAccountability.org: Pope Francis & Accountability | July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014

Received by email from Anne Barrett Doyle.

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The Monitor | Pope Francis & Accountability | July 15, 2014


Dear Friend,


Pope Francis’s meeting last week with six clergy sex abuse survivors made headlines worldwide – not only because it was his first encounter with the church’s own victims, but because he made the first promise by any pope to discipline complicit bishops: “All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable.”


Pope Francis must now internalize his message about Church leaders who “did not respond adequately to reports of abuse.” Our research has revealed that such accountability must begin with the Pope himself.


What is known of the Pope’s past response to clergy sex abuse has been documented in a comprehensive report by BishopAccountability.org. Our work began last year, soon after the former archbishop of Buenos Aires became our first Latin American pope. We gathered and translated hundreds of Argentine court documents and news articles into English. We located and interviewed Argentine whistleblowers and survivors, including four who had sought then-cardinal Bergoglio’s help but were ignored by him. We researched the Argentine legal code and wrote summaries of cases involving 42 clerics. The result was a 17,000-word report in English and Spanish, including detailed studies of the crucial cases, a database of the accused, and profiles of the survivors who sought the future Pope’s help. We believe it to be the Internet’s most thorough analysis of clergy sexual abuse in Argentina and of the Pope’s role as archbishop.


Last week, our research and insights were cited by the Washington Post and New York Times, in two reports each by NPR and Reuters, byGlobalPost, AP, and papers in Europe. One longtime Vatican reporter said our report had been “crucial,” and NPR’s top European correspondent noted our unique role:


News anchor, NPR: Sylvia, what was Pope Francis’s record on the issue of sex abuse before he was pope …?


Sylvia Poggioli, NPR’s Rome correspondent: Little was known in the English-speaking world until the Boston-based group BishopAccountability.org recently published a report … [more]


For the first time in Francis’s papacy, his troubling past performance on clergy sex abuse is being widely considered.


Now he has finally met face-to-face with the church’s own wounded for the first time, and perhaps he will be changed by the experience.  For specific recommendations of what he must do next, see the statement we issued last week. Better yet, read the moving open letter sent to him last week by Argentine survivors, empowered now despite the impunity of Argentine bishops and their country’s victim-hostile laws. Their anguish is being heard worldwide.






Anne Barrett Doyle




Road to Recovery to leaflet about sexual abuse of children before the All-Star Game “Home Run Derby” on July 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM

July 14, 2014

I thank “NY Survivors” for bringing this press release to my attention.

And I wish Bob Hoatson and Mitch Garabedian success with the leafleting.


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Road to Recovery, Inc.
P.O. Box 279, Livingston, NJ 07039
(serving sexual abuse victims and their families)

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 13-14, 2014

Former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, sexually abused many innocent children

Years ago, the Boston Red Sox organization reached settlements with several sexual abuse victims but has refused to help more than twenty innocent children who were sexually abused by Donald Fitzpatrick, former Red Sox clubhouse manager, and who have come forward within approximately the last five years

What:               A media conference and leafleting with two (2) sexual abuse victims of former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who, after pleading guilty in 2002 to four counts of attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve years, was given a ten-year suspended sentence but died in 2005.  The two sexual abuse victims will ask the Boston Red Sox to validate their accounts of having been sexually abused by Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, in Boston and Kansas City, apologize to them, and help them heal.  It is alleged that Donald Fitzpatrick sexually abused children in Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; and Winter Haven, FL.  The sexual abuse victims seek a financial settlement.

When:              There will be three events surrounding Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star game:
1)      A leafleting before the “Home Run Derby” on July 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
2)      A media conference on July 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM with two sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick
3)      A leafleting on July 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM preceding the All-Star game.

Where:             On the public sidewalk outside Target Field, the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark, 326 7th Street, N., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Who:                Gerald Armstrong, who worked in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse when the team played in Kansas City; Charles Crawford, who worked at Fenway Park, Boston, in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse (both men were sexually abused by Donald Fitzpatrick, former  Red Sox clubhouse manager); and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why:                In an attempt to heal, two innocent sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, will speak about the sexual abuse they endured, the facts and circumstances involving their sexual abuse, and the re-victimization they experienced when the Red Sox told them to take a hike after reporting the sexual abuse.  The two sexual abuse victims will call upon the Red Sox to do the right thing and help those who have been harmed by former Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused many children while an employee of the Boston Red Sox.

- Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800
- Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA, 617-523-6250


St. Paul archdiocese put accused priest on marriage tribunal, documents say

July 12, 2014


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St. Paul archdiocese put accused priest on marriage tribunal, documents say

By Emily Gurnon

POSTED:   07/09/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED:   A DAY AGO


Joseph Wajda


Jul 7:

Former St. Paul bishop won’t testify, as St. Louis case settled

Jul 2:

Former altar boy’s lawsuit makes first allegations of abuse against late Hastings priest

Jul 1:

Nienstedt under scrutiny for same-sex relationships, ex-official says

Jun 25:

Former St. Paul Archdiocese vicar ordered to answer more questions

Attorneys seek electronic data on accused Minnesota priests

Jun 24:

Twin Cities priest says contact with kids was horseplay, not abuse

Jun 23:

Winona Diocese details child sex abuse cases involving 14 priests

Jun 22:

Archdiocese reopens two cases on alleged sexual conduct

Newly released documents about a local priest disclose that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis placed Joseph Wajda in a top position on the marriage tribunal after it moved him among eight parishes.

Those decisions came after Wajda, who was ordained in 1973, was accused a month into his priesthood of propositioning a boy for sex and continued to be the subject of allegations.

Wajda was accused of making a teenage boy walk around his office naked and masturbate, paying minors for sex, buying expensive presents for teens and taking boys to saunas, according to formerly secret documents released by the archdiocese in a court case.

The documents were made public Wednesday by attorney Jeffrey Anderson. Anderson represents the plaintiff in the case of Doe 1, a lawsuit filed against former priest Thomas Adamson last year.

Now 67 and living in Minneapolis, Wajda was removed from the ministry in 2003. He has repeatedly denied molesting children. The archdiocese has “requested that the Holy See remove him from the clerical state,” according to a written statement Wednesday by Vicar General Charles Lachowitzer.

“We offer our assurances that today we handle things differently regarding priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children,” Lachowitzer wrote.

A phone number could not be located for Wajda.

Wajda’s behavior did not go unnoticed by his fellow priests. Two colleagues at St. Rose of Lima Church in Roseville, where Wajda worked from 1982 to 1986, reported to archdiocese officials that Wajda did little besides celebrating Mass and greeting children at the school.

“His style of work consisted of his going over to the (church) school early in the morning, at recess, at lunch, at afternoon recess, and at dismissal time,” the Rev. William J. Kenney wrote in August 1986 to the Rev. Kenneth Pierre, a psychologist. Kenney had gotten the information from priests Patrick Ryan and Dale Korogi, he wrote.

In 1986, Wajda made more than 30 harassing phone calls to the home of one boy with whom he had had a “falling out,” according to a 1988 memorandum summarizing an interview with Wajda by archdiocese officials.

In 1987, Wajda was sued by one of his accusers.

Then-Vicar General Kevin McDonough, one of the primary point persons on sexual abuse within the archdiocese, wrote in April 1996 to tribunal member Ron Bowers that Wajda should be made judicial vicar.

McDonough wrote that attorney Anderson made Wajda and other priests “exhibits” in his argument to juries that officials keep alleged abusers in ministry.

“I recognize that this is unfair: Wajda has undergone extensive treatment, he has denied the more offensive charges made against him and has some support in that denial, and he does a fine job in tribunal work,” McDonough wrote.

He wondered if Wajda’s appointment as vicar would “unnecessarily put the work of the tribunal in a negative light and perhaps even bring more unwelcome attention to him? … We are not interested in punishing Father Wajda.”

Even when out of parish ministry, Wajda continued to raise suspicions.

An attorney for Catholic Eldercare, a Minneapolis nursing home where Wajda’s mother lived, wrote to Wajda in May 2002.

Supervisors there had received complaints that Wajda had been wandering around the nursing home and “engaged in questionable contact with some of the young male employees,” attorney James Holmes wrote.

Holmes warned Wajda that he would immediately be barred from going anywhere in the nursing home other than his mother’s room. He was not to visit outside the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. And he was to have no contact with personnel except as it related to his mother.

In a 10-page, single-spaced letter sent in 2009 to archdiocese official the Very Rev. Paul Counce, Wajda insisted he had been treated unfairly. He “enjoyed a good reputation” as a priest, he said.

“Not only do I want to vindicate my name, I wish to return to some form of ministry,” he wrote.

Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522. Follow her at twitter.com/emilygurnon.


Catholic priest convicted of strangling nun to get full funeral honors: Should he?

July 11, 2014



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Catholic priest convicted of strangling nun to get full funeral honors: Should he?

The Rev. Gerald Robinson died July 4 at a hospice at age 76. On Friday, he will be buried in Toledo with a full Roman Catholic funeral mass befitting a priest. Should he be? (screen shot/file)

By John Luciew | jluciew@pennlive.com 
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on July 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM, updated July 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The man of the cloth was convicted of strangling a nun to death in northwest Ohio in 1980. The convicted Catholic priest, the Rev. Gerald Robinson, died July 4 at a hospice at age 76. On Friday, he will be buried in Toledo with a full Roman Catholic funeral mass befitting a priest,according to the Associated Press.

But the question remains: Should he be buried with full honors as a priest of the Catholic church?

After all, at the time of his death, Robinson was serving a life prison sentence for strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at the hospital where they worked. Yet, Robinson remained a priest even after his murder conviction.

Organizations that help victims of clergy abuse don’t think that the convicted Robinson should be buried as a priest. These groups are upset that the Toledo diocese will observe the usual protocol for priests’ funerals, the AP reported.

For its part, the diocese says Robinson would receive a priest’s funeral because he remained a priest after his conviction, although he was not permitted to take part in public sacramental ministry, AP wrote.

Mass is set for Friday morning in Toledo.

So should this priest who strangled a nun be laid to rest tomorrow with the full Catholic honors of his calling?

Tell us.