Priest calls out archbishop over clergy sex abuse response - New York News

Priest calls out archbishop over clergy sex abuse response

Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

In churches and living rooms across the metro, the debate is on over how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members -- but one priest used the power of the pulpit on during Sunday's sermon.

At Church of the Assumption, the faithful fill the pews every Sunday to hear from their parish priests -- and they got an earful this past weekend as the preacher took aim at church leaders over the growing scandal.

During his 6.5-minute homily, Father Stephen O'Gara admitted he's never gotten along with Archbishop John Nienstedt, and he didn't pull any punches when it came to the archbishop's response to allegations of clergy abuse and cover-ups.

"It's not going to be through e-mails and letters in the 'Catholic Spirit.' He needs to stand before us and explain himself," O'Gara insisted. "Only then will he have the respect called to his office."

O'Gara went on to say he believes the scandal is about arrogance, and he openly confessed that he feels conflicted about the Church's state of affairs.

"This is not some small matter. This is a big deal. It's the first time, I must say, in 69 years that I'm embarrassed to be a Catholic," O'Gara said.

After the homily, the congregation broke out into a round of applause, which can be heard on the recording Ann Farrell made.

"I wanted to share and have people read it, hear the words O'Gara said prior to losing their faith in the church," she explained.


LISTEN TO THE HOMILY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP0xEVzYcRg


Farrell accidentally recorded the homily while trying to record the choir. In it, O'Gara urged his congregation to read the column written by Reuben Rosario, a writer for the Pioneer Press. After hearing the sermon for himself, Rosario said many of the sentiments the priest expressed echoed his own -- and he was happy to hear them voiced.

"Dynamic, refreshing for some parishioners who want the archdiocese to come clean," Rosario said of O'Gara's words. "To me, what O'Gara said was something that needs to be said [by] someone in his position."

Rosario also believes the archbishop will need to be more open if he wants to have a prayer of regaining the trust of local Catholics.

Fox 9 News reached out to both O'Gara and a spokesperson for the Archdiocese, but did not hear a response from either.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:16:46 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
  • Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Revel closing, but property fight goes on

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:34:07 GMT
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
    A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
  • 'Resting comfortably'

    Joan Rivers rushed to NYC hospital

    Joan Rivers rushed to NYC hospital

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:22:56 GMT
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  The TV host and comedian was apparently undergoing the procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
    Joan Rivers was reportedly rushed to a hospital in New York City Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery.  The TV host and comedian was apparently undergoing the procedure in a clinic when she stopped breathing.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices