Just in the past thirteen months, Madeleine Baran from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has completely smeared an innocent priest, been busted for publishing bogus information, and has plastered the Catholic Church with a heinous three-part series rife with falsehoods and misinformation.
And yet Baran has somehow managed to reach another new low.
In her latest piece light on clear thinking and logic, Baran suggests that the Catholic Church is now somehow responsible for hunting down and shadowing every past employee accused of abuse, and then constantly publicizing their whereabouts, no matter how long ago the alleged abuse occurred.
There is no doubt that Tom Ericksen committed disgraceful crimes and was a shame to the priesthood. However, as soon as the Church got wind of abuse complaints against Ericksen back in 1983, it removed him from active ministry. The Vatican then completely removed him from the priesthood in 1988, over a quarter century ago.
MPR's new standard for the Catholic Church aloneNow in 2014, Baran is calling out the Church for not perpetually broadcasting the exact whereabouts of Ericksen, a private citizen.
Exactly what other organization tracks down and then publicizes the current addresses and phone numbers of former employees merely accused of abuse over a quarter of a century ago? Minneapolis Public Schools? The Boy Scouts? Some Hollywood studio? MPR? Baran doesn't say.
Instead, Baran turns to the perpetually wild-eyed National Director of the anti-Catholic group SNAP, David Clohessy, who naturally agrees with Baran's implication that the Catholic Church should risk criminal and civil liability and track the exact whereabouts of its former employees and then hold regular press conferences to announce the results of its illegal monitoring of its former employees.
Ironically, the hysterical Clohessy never reported to police back in the 1990s that his own brother Kevin, a Catholic priest, was sexually molesting innocent young boys.
And to this day, neither Clohessy nor SNAP has ever once publicly reported the current whereabouts of Kevin. Yet that never stopped David from boldly claiming to Baran that Catholic officials somehow have to "step up" and "warn people" to the current whereabouts of the Church's former employees.
The hypocrisy is staggering, yet Baran appears so blinded by her animus against the Catholic Church that she appears unable to think or reason logically anymore.
Make no mistake about it, folks. Baran's reporting has absolutely nothing to do with the so-called "protection of children" and enlightening the public about institutional failures. Baran's reporting is simple bigotry and malice.