Archbishop Nienstedt –
If it’s “all about the kids & adolescents, and their safety,” then you have failed in your duty to shield them from the wolves. A true patriarch is a protector.
There is an old Spanish proverb: “Amigo Pedro, amigo Juan, pero más amiga la verdad.”
[Pedro is a friend, Juan is a friend, but a greater friend is the truth].
You – and longtime vicar general Kevin McDonough – invariably chose to rally your priests around the flag of careerism and "tenure," rather than penance and purity. No wonder the news reporters keep uncovering filthy Augean stables in our diocese!
Cardinal Law of Boston finally realized in 2002 that justice demanded his resignation.
Do the right thing, Archbishop, and in a perfect act of contrition: step down. We need a new man to clean up the incestuous smog that has settled over our fraternity of priests.
“A wise king winnows the wicked…”
UPDATE: A Catholic pastor of a conservative church has told his six thousand parishioners that it's time for the diocese to make a fresh start.