Many people have written to me regarding Father Mark Wehmann's appearance on the liturgy schedule at St. Olaf in Minneapolis.

Father Wehmann's personnel file, which outlines the reasons for his removal from ministry in December of 2013, is available online by following this link:

Archbishop Hebda announced that Father Wehmann would be returning to ministry in June of 2016, noting that Father Wehmann

"engaged in extended professional counselling and spiritual direction."

What is drawing less attention, but perhaps is deserving of even more, is the fact Father Thomas Rayar was recently appointed pastor of the Church of St. Margaret Mary. For those who have forgotten, Father Rayar left a previous pastorate after suing eleven of his parishioners.
An account of what led to his resignation appears in an article from a 2008 issue of the Star Tribune. However, it is worth noting that the Archdiocese, far from concluding "
that the rumor [of an affair] is false," as Rayar's lawyer stated. was still investigating when I started in August of 2008, and continued to do so until at least 2012. At that time the conclusion was far from favorable to Father Rayar. Interestingly, one difficulty with the investigation was that Father Rayar was determined to be living in a private home he owned in Maple Grove, which made it difficult for the Archdiocese's private investigator to follow him. One concerned parishioner sent me a real estate listing for that home, which is apparently currently up for sale by Father Rayar. The home is also listed as the business address of Rayar's charitable foundation, Hands of Hope Mission.


Gene Esius
09/13/2016 2:22pm

My question is, why does a priest own a $650,000 house?! Doesn't he remember the promise of simplicity he made at his ordination?!

09/14/2016 10:37am

I commend Holy Priests whose hearts are in the right place - Serving with Humility - taking their Vocation seriously:

- grounded in the Word of God / TRUTH
- regular Confession (1-2x/mo minimum)
- a Profound-Prayer-Life
- offers/encourages Sacraments (esp Confession these days)
- seeks Spiritual Direction; mental health counseling
- hears / listens to the Voice of God ~ thru his people
- aware of personal Conversion / Renewal of the Mind
- drenches themselves in the Saints / wholesome literature
- are Boundary Conscious >> adherent
- Apologizes
- lives what he Preaches >> Gets Help When He's Not (Prevention)
- gentle / kind / merciful - Patient
- aware of limits/weakness/sin -- Avoids at all cost
- seeks Healthy fraternity with brothers: Regularly
- stays close to his family -- seeks Healing
- Mature -- willing to grow
- good personal care: Exercise
- develops, nurtures: interests/hobbies/talents
- 'WE' oriented >> not 'ME' -- (Selfless)
- Honest steward of $
- Willing to admit fault/wrongdoing -- (as family members do...Life)
- Willing to accept Correction ... Life
- Loves God's people: *Appropriately*
- Chaste, pure, moral lives
- Celibate (til Pope Francis changes this)
- deals with Addictions: Head-on

We all fall short. But it's our duty >> **Especially Priests** << to stay on the 'straight and narrow' (and God gives PLENTY OF GRACES FOR IT: A.S.K. (Mt 7:7-11) -- because Humanity needs:

Sound, Holy, Intact, Calm, Sensible, HONEST, Mature, Bold, Strong, Humble >> Leaders.

Globally -- we're at a crossroads -- and can afford Nothing Less.

Peace & Prayers~

John ODonnell
09/14/2016 8:07pm

How does a priest acquire/afford a house worth $649,900? Is this an example of living simplistically? AB Meyers in New Jersey built a little add-on to his abode for $750,000; but this for a priest?

09/22/2016 5:29pm

Is is a wonder how a priest's salary can afford that amount for a house and probably around $ 8,000 - $ 10,000 per year for property taxes. And this from someone who came to this country after 1995 and received only a priest's meager salary. Does listing the house as the charity address allow for writing off a lot of taxes and expenses? Is the archdiocese funneling money into the charity to hide assets?

09/16/2016 7:07pm

RCC: Raise the bar.

And embrace / teach Healthy Sexuality:

God's Way ~ 'Theology of the Body'.

And Priests: Lay down your lives for his Bride ~ the Church.

Humility. *SERVE*. Meekness = JESUS.

It's your Call.


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    Jennifer Haselberger is a canon lawyer who served as the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until April of 2013, when she resigned in protest of the Archdiocese's handling of sexual misconduct by clergy.

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