I am hesitant about posting this here. I’m not sure if this belongs in the Pit, but it seemed to be the best place. While I’m not religious [sub]ELCA born, bred, and recovering[/sub], neither am I anti-relgious, and this just seems the best place, given the subject.
Our local paper, the St. Cloud Lies…er…Times, also had a more in-depth story, but the online archives stink.
Upshot is that the father of the Reker girls was the guy in charge of St. John’s University’s publishing organization, and the girls were in and out of his office all the time. One of the abbotts at the uni is the main subject of inquiry.
In addition, the local cop shop is re-opening and re-directing its investigation into the Jacob Wetterling investigation.
I do not believe the Catholic church is inherently evil. I do, however, believe the church has its own institutional version of ‘The Thin Blue Line’, and that its aged, out-of-touch heirarchy needs to be collectively slapped upside the head with a 21st century clue x 4.
Ya know what’s sad? I can’t work up a lot of ire about this [sub]alleged but probable[/sub] cover up. I just assume that when any group, company, or organization gets to a certain size/prominence it’s going to do something that sours it all, be it abuse, graft, tax evasion, cheating, or SEC foul-ups.
I think what irks me most about the whole subject is Catholicism itself.
I mean that in the nicest way. I grew up in a community that is probably 80% Catholic and most of my childhood friends were Catholic. Hell, my Lutheran mother and Baptist grandmother BOTH had Catholic masses said for them when they were in hospital, so whatever differences there are between the religions here is mostly cosmetic.
But historically…when a group of people had a problem with the status quo, it broke off from the main group and formed its own religion. E.g., Martin Luther broke off from Rome. The Presbys, Baptists, Methodists, and Calvinists took their cue and broke off as well.
I just think it’s about freakin’ time (many) American Catholics took their fate into their own hands, broke off, and formed their own church - something that is modeled on life here and today. Something not so rooted in history and tradition that the leaders are capable of saying “Oh! Hey! Diddling little kids is WRONG! We have to get the police involved!”