St. Paul Police: Some Questions Answered after Meeting with Archdiocese

Updated: 12/19/2013 7:36 AM By: Cassie Hart

St. Paul police say some questions have been answered and they set plans for more discussions during a meeting with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Wednesday.

The meeting comes after St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said Tuesday archdiocesan officials have not been very cooperative on priest sex abuse cases. He urged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to be more forthcoming with information on previous allegations of sex abuse.

Two clergy and attorneys were in attendance for the archdiocese at Wednesday's meeting. No details will be made public, according to a Tweet from St. Paul police.

Joyce Borealino said she is standing by Archbishop Nienstedt amid an allegation that he touched an underage male during a group photo. "As far as us Catholics go, he's kept us informed, and I'm totally satisfied with the way he's handled the allegations," she said.

"They're ridiculous, total nonsense; it's a witch hunt," said Joyce Borealino, a Catholic who was celebrating Mass at Basilica of St. Mary.

"I'm a little bit skeptical," local Catholic Mike Meinhardt said. "Who knows what actually happened. I'm sure there were lots of people around, and the boy might have been bumped."

The national "Catholic League" group, out of New York, calls these allegations against the Archbishop a "non-stop crusade orchestrated by ex-Catholics, and Catholics in rebellion against the church."

The Catholic League is also calling for an end to the zero-tolerance policy, saying it often means "zero justice for the accused."

The Catholic League, who a local Catholic expert says has a conservative political leaning, is asking anyone who knows anything about the accuser in the Archbishop's case to come forward.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he won't even think about convening a grand jury investigation until the St. Paul Police investigation is completed.