Kevin McDonough, former vicar general, refused to cooperate with police investigations [VIDEO]

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In video testimony released Thursday by Jeff Anderson's law firm, the former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis admitted that he made a habit of penning official memos with an eye towards possible litigation, and when approached last year by St. Paul police refused to cooperate.

As the lone referee of priestly sex crimes for two decades -- a tenure that spanned three archbishops -- Kevin McDonough now expresses regret for a culture that believed sick men could be rehabilitated back into ministry. He shifted responsibility to his bosses and accused victims' attorney Jeff Anderson and the media of exaggerating the problem of clerical abuse.

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The blame game was in full force: Archbishop John Nienstedt pointed a finger at McDonough in video testimony released just the other day. Mike Finnegan, an attorney from Anderson's law firm, described McDonough at a press conference Thursday as "a master of half truths" and leveled fault on both officials.

"They cared more about their own reputations and scandal rather than the people who were wounded," Finnegan says.

The firm plans to petition the court for more time with McDonough. A judge ordered the deposition to go eight hours but McDonough's attorney ended around it six and a half. Finnegan says the archdiocese counted their breaks towards the allotted time.

We posted highlights of Nienstedt's deposition the other day, but let's take a look now at McDonough's. On the firm's website you can also browse the 320-page transcript in which McDonough acknowledges that the common church practice for years was to put suspected pedophiles in administrative roles rather than boot 'em.

1. Here McDonough admits that he never got back to two St. Paul detectives about their request for interview. Anderson pushes back and provokes this response from the former vicar general: "I don't see what would be appropriate about that."





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Phil Cross
Phil Cross

Disgusting disgrace to....? How about their Christianity is a disgusting disgrace to humanity?

Steve Huettl
Steve Huettl

These guys are a disgusting disgrace to Christianity, lock them both up!

GoodWolf
GoodWolf

When are these sociopathic bastards ever going to pay for their crimes?! 

SidVicious
SidVicious

Anyone who attends or contributes to a catholic church defends and supports pedophilia. All catholics are pedophiles by proxy.

John Feemster
John Feemster

Not surprised at all, same B.S stance he had 20 years ago..

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's not like any of this is anything we didn't already strongly suspect, if not know for certain.  And many of us already knew this for certain.  This is exactly why I can't be a member of any organized religious group, or more than a temporary member of any hierarchical authority system.  All these structures take on their own agendas and organizational needs as soon as they're formed, and a nearly 2000 year-old hierarchical authority system has some mighty entrenched organizational imperatives.  A person involved in these systems has to put the survival and prosperity of the hierarchy above any human sense of right or wrong, or be kicked out of the system.  

Here we see people obviously doing obviously horrible and wrong things, but to do what they see as "protecting" the system, they dig in and stick to their guns.  And they have an all-powerful imaginary friend telling them everything they do is OK.  Even people who aren't directly victimized are harmed by this.  All these organizations are full of good people trying to do very important things.  Unfortunately, they've been convinced that the only way they can do good is to get enmeshed in these hierarchical authority systems, and once they do that, they not only have to collaborate in doing bad things, but their very best intentions are derailed.  This, they're told, is just something they have to tolerate, in the name of being "reasonable" and "realistic."  They're being used, and their energy and good intentions instead protect evil.


I've tried and tried to find a hierarchical authority structure I can be a part of.  So far, nada.  I've given up.  I'll join in in an ad-hoc fashion, helping out with a specific, well-defined positive goal.  But no assimilation.

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

McDonough has to be one of the most arrogant people I have ever seen.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

These are evil horrible people.   If you give one dime to the Catholic Church you support pedophiles.  

BeObjective
BeObjective

Humanity's single greatest tragedy is that the Roman's failed to fulfill their obligation to future generations and utterly exterminate the evil subhuman degenerate christians when they had the opportunity.  This justifiable genocide would have prevented MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of deaths across the world over centuries at  the hands of the evil murderous christians and spared generation after generation of suffering and victimization under the tyranny of the jesus-followers.  


Christians went on to be instrumental in bringing about the most evil weapon ever devised -- nuclear weapons.  And THEN -- because the christians are so incredibly evil -- they were not satisfied with a single warhead that could kill hundreds of thousands of people in a single stroke so the invented a weapon that could deploy multiple warheads and kill TENS OF MILLIONS of people in one stroke.  WHO DOES THAT?!?!?!?   Is that what jesus would do?


If you eat you god and drink his blood then you are inherently precluded from telling others how to conduct themselves, it's that simple. 

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Put him in prison where he belongs. Let prison justice take care of him.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@SidVicious  Does anybody who smokes support cancer?  Does anybody who drinks support alcoholism?  Does anybody who owns an electronic device support the exploitation of the cheap labor to create them?

SidVicious
SidVicious

@misterrosewater While all of those things you mentioned can be bad, they're all still LEGAL. Acts of pedophilia are not. The leaders of your church are pedophiles and criminals, and your continuing patronage of them shows you support it.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@misterrosewater @SidVicious  the better question would be, does a smoker, a drinker, or a user of electronics support the fucking of children and the systematic denial and cover up that has occured for decades.  You are a weak person that relies on others to tell you what is right and wrong. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater visa versa, although believing in a 900 year old man would make me uncomfortable as i know its impossible


come check out my service... CHURCH 420


its super heady

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater you are living your life based on plagiarized folklore from perhaps 10,000 years ago or more. 


you are avoiding clear facts about your faith


you are weakminded, which is why support the church and fall for their stupid stories



Noah was 900 years old! 


also, dont you think Joseph would have been upset with Mary for becoming pregnant. I mean she was supposed to be a virgin...if i were joseph, i would be more than disappointined




digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater  my point is your pursuit is futile...trying to reach heaven or what not. 


its sad that you rely on ancient folklore for wisdom and guidance. 


i think my point is clear. your religion is used to exploit the weak, financially and physically. That is undeniable 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater you're right, except the things i claim are not conjecture 


they are facts


your religion is based on caveman paganism 


nothing more


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater nothing to say about scamming parishioners, fear mongering, moneychanging...


the entire basis of your religion being stolen from ancient cultures... Egypt and Sumer...


no response?

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@digitalprotocol Someday I hope "empty nihilism" becomes a trendy coffee flavor, that way you could at least get some kind of substance out of it.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@misterrosewater the church is hurting everyone with its plagiarized stories 


all you have is some stolen ideas from Sumerian 

paganism


im not here to provide solutions, im here to smash your ideology, because its totally bullshit


the churches goal is to shame people into donating there wealth


Quetzalcoatl is the only true god

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@digitalprotocol You are trying to use one set of horrific actions and behaviors to justify your beliefs about the Catholic faith, and somehow prove that since disgusting pedophiles exist in the church at large, it somehow invalidates the very real and personal faith that millions of people who are not pedophiles have in their hearts.  And as you have not offered any real solutions yourself apart from taking easy shots that ANYBODY with the smallest bit of sense would agree with, you are doing little to elevate the conversation beyond your "fuck the church" mantra.  How about setting up a counseling and reparation fund for victims of priest sexual abuse using church funds?  How about mandatory training of all clergy by the priests who have to pick up the pieces in parishes who have had an abusive priest removed?  How about speaking to the common Catholic churchgoers who have to confront the atrocities committed by those they trusted the most and reconcile the actions of man against their faith?  Your beliefs are just as valid as any Catholic's beliefs.  You aren't interested in healing and compassion for the victims, though.  You're interested in a lynch mob, and once your bloodlust for vengeance is satiated who gives a fuck about the children, or the victims, or the faithful?  Right?  You are an armchair activist at best, who can jump on a bandwagon until it gets inconvenient because you can't answer hard questions about the complexity of the damage and the real issues about how to help those who are hurt. 

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@SidVicious @misterrosewater  I think you missed the comparison, and you are falling into a false dichotomy/all or nothing argument about this.  To dismiss the efforts of the faithful and acts of the other Dioceses which are restorative is just taking easy potshots at the wrong targets.  

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@misterrosewater @Drewey  please enlighten us as to the ways you have attempted to affect change within the catholic church.  Tell us how you have gone above and beyond your weekly spoon feeding of dogma and money collection.  

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