Archbishop John Nienstedt
Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis return to court Monday to ask a judge to dismiss a clergy sex abuse lawsuit that’s already forced painful revelations about how top church officials handled allegations of misconduct by priests.
A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
The fallout continues Wednesday over the news that Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation for sexual misconduct. While the archbishop denies the allegations, the Twin Cities Archdiocese says it has hired an outside firm to investigate the claims.
Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is being investigated for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a former Twin Cities priest, among other allegations, according to the archbishop’s former top canon lawyer.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has restricted the ministry of a priest who has been on a leave of absence during a review of clergy files. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he’s limited the Rev. Joseph Gallatin’s ministry so he won’t be involved with minors.
A videotaped deposition of a former Minnesota priest shows him calmly describing graphic sexual encounters with at least ten boys. The deposition of former priest Thomas Adamson is the latest in a series released as the result of a lawsuit against him by a man who says he was abused as a boy in the mid-70s.
Newly released records show the man who was second in charge to Archbishop John Nienstedt had urged him to step down during the investigation of sexual abuse in the church.
We are learning more about what top officials in the Twin Cities Archdiocese have to say about allegations they covered up sexual abuse cases involving clergy members and children.
Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests have released the deposition of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt to the public.
The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis is disputing the suggestion that Archbishop John Nienstedt didn’t cooperate fully with a court-ordered deposition. Nienstedt was deposed Wednesday over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.
Archbishop John Nienstedt spent most of the day answering questions under oath about clergy sex abuse. After the deposition, however, clergy sex abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson accused the Archbishop of failing to turn over court ordered documents and refusing to answer key questions.
Prosecutors say they want St. Paul Police to reopen a sexual abuse case against Archbishop John Nienstedt, but not because of any new evidence. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office told WCCO that it doesn’t want reports from the Nienstedt case being made public yet because of other elements that need to be investigated. They say those other elements don’t have anything to do with the archbishop.
Charges will not be filed against Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with a police report filed by a priest on Dec.16, 2013. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, St. Paul Police conducted an “extensive investigation” surrounding the allegation that Nienstedt inappropriately touched a boy during a photo session at a confirmation ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on May 5, 2009.
A judge has denied an attempt by lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to block a court order requiring the archbishop to testify about how the church handled clergy sexual abuse and release the names of all local priests accused of abusing children since 2004.
The head of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities will soon answer questions from lawyers about alleged church abuse.