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Archbishop Nienstedt Denies Allegations: ‘I Am Not Bigoted’

The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign and insists the Church has turned a corner with new policies to better address allegations of sexual abuse by priests. You can watch the entirety of Esme Murphy’s interview with the archbishop here.

07/31/2014

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Minnesota Archbishop Won’t Resign Amid Criticism

The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign despite criticism over the archdiocese’s handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests. Archbishop John Nienstedt made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit.

07/30/2014

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News Click: Nienstedt’s Resignation

07/22/2014

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Document: Archdiocese Considered Silencing Priest

A canon lawyer who became a whistleblower against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says church officials considered silencing a critic by declaring him to be disabled.

07/15/2014

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Archbishop Nienstedt Investigated For Alleged Inappropriate Sexual Conduct

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.

07/01/2014

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Judge Denies Archdiocese’s Appeal, Church Officials To Be Interviewed

A judge has denied the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ appeal in a clergy sexual abuse case. The decision Wednesday clears the way for attorneys representing an alleged victim to interview Archbishop John Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.

03/05/2014

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Depositions Scheduled In Priest Abuse Lawsuit

Deposition dates have been set for top officials in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in a lawsuit filed by a former altar boy who says he was abused in the 1970s. Archbishop John Nienstedt will be deposed March 19 and the Rev. Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the archdiocese, will testify March 20.

02/27/2014

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Archdiocese Tries To Block Archbishop’s Deposition

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are trying to block a court order requiring Archbishop John Nienstedt 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 archdiocese contends Ramsey County Judge John Van de North exceeded his authority in allowing attorneys for an alleged clergy abuse victim to depose Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough. The archdiocese’s request, filed in Ramsey County District Court, asks for the demands to be dropped while it proceeds with an appeal.

02/14/2014

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Archbishop Deposition Stems From Lawsuit Against Father Adamson

A Twin Cities archbishop is going to have to answer questions under oath about clergy sex abuse cases. A Ramsey County judge has ordered Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar Gen. Kevin McDonough to be deposed by lawyers within the next 30 days.

02/12/2014

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Meeting Between Police, Archdiocese Ends With Agreement

St. Paul police met with a top official from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

12/18/2013

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Catholic League Seeks To ID The Archbishop’s Alleged Victim

With St. Paul police investigating Archbishop John Nienstedt, who’s accused of inappropriately touching a boy’s behind, the Catholic League wants to independently identify his accuser.

12/18/2013

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Police Chief Says Archdiocese Uncooperative

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith says the Twin Cities archdiocese is not fully cooperating with investigations into alleged clerical sex abuse.

12/17/2013

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Local Catholics Await Archbishop Nienstedt’s Public Apology

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

12/14/2013

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Archdiocese Delays Release Of Abusive Priests List

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it is delaying the release of the names of some priests who have sexually abused children.

11/22/2013

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Lawyer: Nienstedt Should Name All Accused Priests

An attorney for victims of sexual abuse by priests says Archbishop John Nienstedt’s plan to release the names of some accused priests isn’t enough.

11/11/2013

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