Catholic Defense League blasts MPR's coverage of sex scandal, calls for police investigation

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The Catholic Defense League is waging an offensive against reporters exposing alleged archdiocese misconduct.
In recent months, MPR has been all over the unfolding Twin Cities Catholic church sex scandal, breaking story after story about priests who have been accused of sexual abuse and possible cover-ups by church officials.

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But now, the Catholic Defense League is accusing MPR of taking a play out of the church's playbook. In a statement released today, a CDL spokesman says, "We find it disturbing and completely hypocritical for MPR to criticize the church for withholding information when, in fact, they appear to be holding back information to benefit their editorial schedule."

The long and short of it is that the CDL thinks MPR has an obligation to immediately release all the information its reporters have dredged up about alleged misconduct within the archdiocese rather than trickling it out one report at a time.

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"Minnesota Public Radio should reveal all credible information about accused abusers who may still be in a position to harm people as soon as possible," the CDL spokesman says in the statement, which also calls on the St. Paul PD "to investigate whether MPR is withholding vital information from law enforcement and government officials."

In its mission statement, the CDL describes the Catholic Church as "still the greatest herald of truth and morality in the world today." In light of the still-unfolding sex scandal, we have to imagine the CDL means that in the sense of "do as I say, not as I do."

h/t -- Hopkins Patch

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green23
green23

The CDL just wants to know exactly what MPR has on them so that they can get their lies straight. With each new story and account of abuse, the Church's version of the 'truth' gets more and more convoluted. And now, mean old MPR won't tell the Church which documents they need to destroy -- ummm, I mean "research" -- until it's too late. 


It's the fifty years of official lying and shifting stories that is damaging the Church, not the pace of MPR's news releases. There's little to support the idea the Church cares about "accused abusers who may still be in a position to harm people", other than to conceal their long-standing efforts to hide those abusers.

Doug Brown
Doug Brown

Ridiculous...I wonder what the new Pope would say?

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez

Catholic Deense League? The propaganda arm of the Catholic Church. Time to circle the wagons.


fauxbo
fauxbo

I suggest whoever is running this circus hire a PR agent STAT because

they're tone deaf and clueless to how fed up the entire state is with this dog 

and pony show.  Push away the fog clouding your brain and repeat -

P R O T E C T I N G   C H I L D R E N   C O M E S   F I R S T -  talk to us about changes that will be made to keep our kids safe, how new reported incidents will be handled, new training for priests working with young people and how you'll work collaboratively with the police. So many opportunities here to make amends and build bridges but instead its boo hoo hoo everyone is mean.  Any more of this and I suspect you'll lose the ability to pay for that cathedral on the hill.  Let the reuse possibilities begin ---------

Brian-Mary Jo Lofquist
Brian-Mary Jo Lofquist

Reminds me of the Nixon White House - the Catholic Defense League is like the "Plumbers."

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

There's nothing they like better than playing the victim.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

wow a bunch of child molesters trying to call out anyone else..ridiculous..they should haul all them priest out in handcuffs and that archbishop too

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