The Minnesota Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (MNSNAP) distributed fliers and foil-covered chocolate coins outside several churches in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud on Sunday.
The fliers asked churchgoers to support MNSNAP?s efforts to meet with Archbishop Harry Flynn. The meeting is key because Flynn has played a high-profile role helping bishops develop a national policy regarding clergy who sexually abuse, said Michael Wegs, a spokesman for MNSNAP. The organization has tried to meet with Flynn and has been told he was too busy, Wegs said.
The coins were handed out because the organization is asking parishioners to drop candy in collection plates along with their Sunday donations until Flynn meets with MNSNAP. The candy is a reminder of the concern for children, Wegs said.
I’ll tell you right now that all the candy will do is remind the collection counters of their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. It’s not like the archbishop or even the pastor sits down himself to look in the baskets. Very strange what some people come up with that they think will be effective.