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Anti-Gay Archbishop Nienstedt Under Investigation For Sexual Misconduct With Men

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In news that should surprise approximately no one, a virulently anti-gay Catholic church leader is being investigated for sexual impropriety with other males. Minnesota's Archbishop John Nienstedt is presently under investigation for inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests, and other men, allegations that Nienstedt denies.

Said church whistle-blower Jennifer Haselberger to Commonweal magazine:

I believe that the investigators have received about ten sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety on the part of the archbishop dating from his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, as Bishop of New Ulm, and while coadjutor and archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. [He] also stands accused of retaliating against those who refused his advances or otherwise questioned his conduct.

Well, at least this time his accusations are coming from adults instead of children.

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  1. Bitter, hateful old queen. Gets what he deserves.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 3, 2014 5:53:07 PM

  2. This is the equivalent of sexual misconduct by a manager of his employees. Priests and seminarians report to the bishop.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 3, 2014 6:29:27 PM

  3. Is he exempt from sexual misconduct due to religious liberty ?

    Posted by: Towlette | Jul 3, 2014 6:49:37 PM

  4. Wouldn't it be ironic if he were stoned to death by his own 'brothers' in the style of his deeply held religious beliefs?

    Posted by: Deth | Jul 3, 2014 7:35:46 PM

  5. Shocked! I am shocked that there is gambling going on in Casablanca!

    Posted by: Kit | Jul 3, 2014 8:01:35 PM

  6. Just stupid. Just change his clothes and go to a gay bar in another town. Maybe it was more exciting for him this way. Subconciously he wanted to get caught.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2014 8:26:50 PM

  7. @Deth: Catholics were never into stoning. They burned people at the stake instead. This possibly reflects the scarcity of firewood in the Middle East compared to Europe.

    The Russian monk Rasputin provided him with an out. According to Rasputin's theology, in order to repent, one must truly sin. And he did.

    @Towlette : Catholic theology exempts people from sexual misconduct if they (a) confess, (b) grovel by doing some penance like reciting some prayer 100 times, and (c) ingest some bread and wine in a communion ritual. As an archbishop, he can expect a promotion/transfer to get him out of sight and out of mind, unless the new pope decides to change that practice. I guess he could get early retirement.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 3, 2014 9:23:40 PM

  8. Bill:
    That particular belief about stoning probably originated from the Gospel which says Jesus said : "Let he who is without sin throw the first stone". Some scholars questioned that it really happened because no one in Jesus' time would ask Jesus whether we should obey the Torah or not. Stoning for adultery in Mosaic Law is not optional. Of course most things in that book are fictional.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2014 9:45:20 PM

  9. gee, if he didn't spend all that money producing half a million dvds demonizing gay marriage and sending them to all the catholics in the twin cities area, he'd have enough money for a good lawyer. hindsight is 20/20 i guess.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 3, 2014 11:53:55 PM

  10. @Simon: most of those stories followed a pattern in which some religious authority figures were trying to 'trap' Jesus in some argument, and the stories always ended in him outsmarting them. The question "should we stone her" was meant as a trap: if he said, "no" he would be in trouble and if he said "yes" it would probably contradict something he was supposedly preaching.

    BTW, early Christian beliefs were all over the map. One version pushed by some guy named Basilides was that Jesus was incorporeal. According to the Basilideans believed that "on the way to the crucifixion site at Golgotha, he [Jesus] performed a switch—he turned Simon of Cyrene, who was helping to carry the cross, into a likeness of himself, and vice versa. The Romans, completely fooled, proceeded to crucify the poor Simon. All the while, Jesus stood aside, laughing at the trick."

    Lucky for you that it's a different Simon!

    If you check out the web site, don't miss the part about Valentinus. He touted multiple gods with the Biblical god in the Old Testament being a lesser deity tasked with creating the natural world. The top deity was androgynous with both a male and female aspect. And he almost was elected as the Bishop of Rome (today that would be the Pope).

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 4, 2014 12:30:08 AM

  11. He probably raped a few girls and boys along the way.

    Posted by: Albert | Jul 4, 2014 2:16:23 AM

  12. Surprise surprise.... NOT!

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 4, 2014 3:02:21 AM

  13. He seems to be broadly hated by the Twin City Catholics. I'm certain some see him as wonderful, but they are terribly out numbered.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 4, 2014 9:36:42 AM

  14. I can easily imagine an ingratiating smile on his smarmy face: the nice man inviting, inveigling a young boy to come over so that he can put his arm around him. Shudder.

    The priesthood was perfectly designed for homosexual lovers who can then bring up generations of boy prey as they sport along.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 4, 2014 10:17:07 AM

  15. This story started about two years ago.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 4, 2014 10:33:30 AM

  16. I am now getting beyond having any sympathy with these hypocrites.

    It is time to condemn them for what they are:

    Screwed up men who cannot accept themselves and in so doing use their power and influence to harm others with their actions, when in reality they are lashing out at the very thing they cannot accept about themselves.

    One begins to have sympathy with our more militant brothers who propose outing such people before they can commit more harm.

    Posted by: arch | Jul 4, 2014 11:42:48 AM


    It's guys like this that make me sick. And that lil'Aryan "celibate gay because God will send me to a lake of fire" idiot.

    men so whipped and feeble of mind that they cling to a PREPOSTEROUS mistranslation of irrelevant scripture, and in doing so ignore ....well, let's take perhaps the 9th Commandment for example?

    you're commanded to not Bear False Witness - no false testimony. well, then he's been lying. breaking a commandment in order to ....not break... .what, exactly? a baseless mistranslated piece of Other Scripture?

    it's all nonsense with these guys. they have excuses for everything and reasons for nothing.

    Arch - you're dead-on. They hide under a pious veil, they lash at others to distract from their own lies.

    all because they don't have the intellectual fortitude to challenge scripture or face a bigoted world culture.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 4, 2014 11:56:44 AM

  18. As someone married to an ex-seminarian, I have been exposed to more than one man of the cloth who lives two lives. Go to Palm Springs any weekend and find priests, monsignors, and the occasional bishop partying in the bars.

    Is there anyone who hasn't heard of the Gay Mafia in the Vatican?

    The only issue is the surprise at the reality.

    Posted by: Vegas Dave | Jul 4, 2014 12:36:02 PM

  19. @Deth who wrote: "Wouldn't it be ironic if he were stoned to death by his own 'brothers' in the style of his deeply held religious beliefs?"

    Let's not get carried away. The Roman Catholic Church hasn't stoned anyone to death in a long time, plus stoning isn't a deeply held religious belief in Catholicism.

    My thoughts on the archbishop: he must hate himself a lot!

    Posted by: Topol | Jul 7, 2014 2:28:59 PM

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