Catholic Church officials are shockingly blaming a Minnesota mother for the sexual abuse several of her children received at the hands of a priest. Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer is serving a five-year prison sentence for, among other things, touching her 12-year-old and 14-year-old sons and also making them touch themselves. The family has since sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The mother, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed outrage that church officials claim the mother should have known better than to let children spend time with Wehmeyer. A court filing said that “she was aware of the time [they] spent with Mr. Wehmeyer, and she knew that such interaction was contrary to established Archdiocese policy.” Prior to being appointed pastor in 2009 of two churches that merged, archdiocese officials reportedly knew of Wehmeyer’s sexual activities that included cruising for sex in a park and approaching young men in a bookstore.
“The fact that there were memos flying around that were dated before certain events of abuse happened is bloodcurdling to me,” she said. “They had the opportunity to stop this man dead in his tracks before he ever harmed any of my children.”
Another one of her children came forward to tell her that Wehmeyer had abused him, while three of her other children were sexually abused by another sibling. She also claims that the archdiocese has backed down on an initial promise to pay for the therapy of her abused children and she is footing the bill herself.
“It nauseates me to go to Mass and hear them say in the prayers of the faithful, ‘Let’s pray for the victims and their families,’” she said. “I’ve got a lien on my taxes because they won’t pay my son’s bill.”