If the Church has nothing to be ashamed of, if they have nothing to hide, then why are there still so many secrets the Catholic Dioceses are trying to keep safe? It was fortunate for everyone earlier this month when the announcement came that some Dioceses must release the names of priests who have been accused of sexual assault. But why would information like this have to be court ordered for it to be made public in the first place? And why are these priests being protected when they themselves are the predators? Lawyers and advocates have been very hard at work getting answers to these questions.
The information that has been hidden for years regarding sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is proof enough that those who should be protecting us and providing us with moral and spiritual support, instead are taking it away from us.
Jennifer Haselberger, the former canon lawyer for the archdiocese resigned from her position after her attempt to bring to light information regarding evidence of illegal activity within the diocese. Archbishop John Nienstedt, among others, had allegedly hide this evidence to protect the priests and his church. We now have a great opportunity to uncover these truths and get survivors the help they are warranted.
Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.