Last week, as the story about Matt Lindsay was dominating the daily news cycles, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese sent an email to local news outlets. A spokesman politely said that he would have no further comment now that the diocese had announced that there were inappropriate videos found on Lindsays computer. Neither would Bishop Kevin Rhoades be making further comment.
That is not good enough.
Here are some of the questions the diocese and Bishop Luers High School need to answer about the activities of the schools football coach and athletic director, whom the school principal fired on Sept. 16.
Why did the diocese go to the sheriffs department and not the Fort Wayne Police Department with the videos? Bishop Luers is in Fort Wayne, and logically the FWPD is the one to investigate. Is there a legal or forensic reason? Or do diocese officials have friends in the sheriffs department who will be more understanding of the position in which Lindsay has put the school?
Why did the diocese wait six days to contact police after finding the videos? (The diocese said that conclusion is a misunderstanding. Someone representing the diocese supposedly left a voice mail message with the sheriffs department after hours on Sept. 13, a Friday. The sheriffs office said that it was notified on Tuesday, Sept. 18. That leaves questions about just how energetically the diocese was seeking an investigation.)
What caused someone to look at whats on Lindsays computer Sept. 12?
Did the diocese send out any information about what was happening before the news hit? One parent said yes; another said she heard about everything from the news.
What seems painfully clear is that the school and diocese are desperately trying to protect the schools and the coachs legacies. Neither Luers nor diocese officials can blame anyone for drawing that conclusion.