"Anonymous Same-Sex" or A.S.S. was this priest's modus operandi, plus the usual children of the parish. went on and on and so did the coverup in this Minnesota case:
...Wehmeyer was caught by police while he was parked at a local park reportedly known in the area as a popular site for what McDonough referred to as “anonymous same-sex sexual encounters.” Wehmeyer told a police officer at the time that he was not aware of the park’s reputation, but MPR reported that after leaving, he was seen circling back to the park twice.
The memo also referred to a “suggestive conversation” between Wehmeyer and a 19-year-old man and his 20-year-old friend at a local bookstore in 2004, in which Wehmeyer allegedly asked one of the men, “Are you fu*king horny right now?” According to MPR, a parishoner reported the bookstore encounter to McDonough and was told Wehmeyer was receiving counseling.
But in the memo, McDonough downplays such an approach, arguing that Wehmeyer was “obtaining stimulation by ‘playing with fire,’” and not looking for sex and advocating an in-house solution to his actions.
“I do not remember whether [Wehmeyer] has a priest support group of any sort,” McDonough wrote. “I think he would do well to have some real friends who can challenge him about how he is doing in living his priestly vocation with integrity.”
By the time the memo was sent, MPR reported, McDonough had also been alerted to a psychological assessment stating that Wehmeyer had an addiction to sex, as well as personnel documents stating Wehmeyer had violated the organization’s code of conduct on several occasions. Wehmeyer was also reported on three separate occasions in 2009, including once by a priest accusing Wehmeyer of propositioning him for sex.
But in 2010, McDonough named Wehmeyer to serve as pastor for two local parishes. In an interview with MPR that same year, McDonough said the archdiocese’s top priority was protecting church members.
Posted on September 23, 2013 - 04:23 PM