MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Twin Cities Catholics are anxious to hear from Archbishop John Nienstedt.

“I am curious to hear what he has to say, absolutely,” said parishioner Maria Medina DeSmith.

Nienstedt is expected to make a public apology Sunday surrounding the priest abuse scandal that is rocking the local Catholic Church.

It will be part of the homily given at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina.

“I think that’s good. I think that’s healthy,” parishioner Mark Photoidaes said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge the situation, and I think that he’s doing the right thing.”

According to an advance copy of Nienstedt’s remarks, his homily will read in part: “I am here to apologize for the indignation that you justifiably feel. You deserve better.”

His comments will follow the release last week of the list of 34 priests accused of child sex abuse, a move prompted by Ramsey County Court order.

“For someone who’s apologizing, I mean, words are words,” DeSmith said. “But it take’s actions, and I think it’s just the actions that are going to speak for themselves.”

With the New Year looming, parishioners are hoping it will be a turning point in a long, ongoing scandal.

“They’ve got to do something about it, basically, and clean up the mess and take care of it once and for all,” said parishioner Will Nevers.

Archbishop Nienstedt will give the homily during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services.


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