Archbishop denies cover-up of priest sexual abuse

Published 10:50am Thursday, October 24, 2013

ST. PAUL — Archbishop John Nienstedt said in remarks published Wednesday that he regrets some parishioners and priests have lost confidence in him over new concerns about alleged clergy sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

But in an email response to Minnesota Public Radio’s questions, Nienstedt denied any abuse cover-up. He repeated the archdiocese’s assertion that there are no offending priests in active ministry. He also said he has not offered to resign.

“As head of this local Church, I accept responsibility for addressing the issues that have been raised and am completely committed to finding the truth and fixing the problems that exist,” Nienstedt wrote. “My highest priorities are to ensure the safety of our children and to restore the trust of Catholics and our clergy. I will do everything in my power to do so.”


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