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Anti-Gay MN Archbishop John Nienstedt, Accused Of Sex Abuse Cover-Up, Called On To Resign: VIDEO

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A Minnesota newspaper has called for St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop John Nienstedt to resign following confirmation that he has been subject to an investigation of sexual misconduct, ignored evidence of pedophilia, and concealed the names of priests involved in the abuse.

Last December, Nienstedt, who launched a mass mailing campaign of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs, told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell and said Satan is behind gay marriage, was accused of inappropriately touching a minor.

In an editorial last Saturday, the Star Tribune said that for the sake of the Catholic church, “one of this state’s most valued institutions,” Nienstedt’s service at the archdiocese should end now.

The editorial continued:

“Nienstedt has become the face of a coverup that has put children in harm’s way. His credibility is in tatters. The archdiocese needs a different leader — a reformer — to have a reasonable chance of restoring its damaged reputation and sustaining its service to the community.

“The damage that brand name is suffering in Minnesota has become severe enough to put public support — and, crucially, donor support — of all things Catholic at risk. The abuse scandal has become more than an internal problem.”

In conclusion, the paper suggested that Nienstedt should follow Pope Benedict’s example of church leadership:

“Eighteen months ago, Benedict concluded that he was not up to the task of meeting the church’s leadership needs, and broke with 600 years of tradition to resign from office. His decision was not a display of weakness, but of love for his church. Nienstedt’s resignation would show the same.”

Watch a report on last December's revelations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Baffling that catholic-priest pedophiles, pedophile enablers, and self-loathing closeted gay priests continue to hurl their arrows of self-righteous bigotry at the gay community. Hard to understand how the church maintains even a shred of credibility and respect with the general public.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 30, 2014 11:49:11 AM

  2. They yell against gays and then ignore truly horrible crimes. Shame on him.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jul 30, 2014 11:54:54 AM

  3. Well, let's face it: there is nothing normal about celibacy, so anybody who would take such a vow is already abnormal. The rest follows.

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 30, 2014 12:04:20 PM

  4. Can't the Pope "fire" him? Or is there some mumbo jumbo canon law process to do that?

    Posted by: DH | Jul 30, 2014 12:06:50 PM

  5. Bye, Felicia.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 30, 2014 12:07:30 PM

  6. Popes don't fire pedophile priests. They relocate them to Vatican City, to live the rest of their days in comfort and luxury and peace and non-accountability for their crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jul 30, 2014 12:09:45 PM

  7. Popes don't fire pedophile priests. They relocate them to Vatican City, to live the rest of their days in comfort and luxury and peace and non-accountability for their crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jul 30, 2014 12:09:45 PM

  8. Henk Heithuis died in 1958 in his early twenties, tormented for years by the sexual abuse of Catholic priests. After he tried to expose his abusers, he was castrated in a Catholic hospital by a Catholic doctor under the advice of a Catholic psychiatrist to”cure him of his perverse sexuality.” Der Spiegel,May 4th, 2012

    In the Netherlands alone it is estimated that since 1945 between 10,000 and 20,000 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests enabled by their prelates. Der Spiegel, Dec 17, 2011

    Posted by: Ullrich | Jul 30, 2014 12:24:18 PM

  9. The OTHER Twin Cities daily paper, the Pioneer Press, called for his resignation more than a week before this, FYI.

    Posted by: chris | Jul 30, 2014 12:27:23 PM

  10. If there was a god wouldn't people like this be the first to be struck down? If one of the leaders of his church is this evil, you'd think so, but i guess not... religion is stupid.

    Posted by: TBD | Jul 30, 2014 12:28:45 PM

  11. "for the sake of the Catholic church, 'one of this state’s most valued institutions...'” - well, I would hardly say that. For one thing, it is not one of the state's institutions. For another thing, it often has little of value to offer to people who live in the state.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jul 30, 2014 12:29:20 PM

  12. Hypocritical criminal! He needs to go to jail.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 30, 2014 12:36:49 PM

  13. Why should he resign? If the allegation is true, he should be prosecuted by human courts. The whole organization should be investigated for any obstruction of justice. Any pope or bishops should be arrested if found guilty. It is not about their reputation. It is about justice.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 30, 2014 1:02:16 PM

  14. What a soiled, pathetic man, church and idea of God.
    Every form of Christianity is incomprehensible. My gorge rises.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 30, 2014 4:50:21 PM

  15. This guy sounds more like creep of the day, rather than an archbishop....I thought the mantra of the anti-gay crowd was to protect the children! I guess Mr. Nienstedt did not get that memo. His behavior and mind sound quite twisted........and how does someone NOT resign on their own with charges like this or not get fired IMMEDIATELY?!?!.........the lies and cover-ups are disgusting and certainly did not protect the children.

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 30, 2014 5:45:53 PM

  16. Cardinal Law who knowingly presided over the cover up of America's worst clerical pedophilia scandal (Boston) was relocated to Vatican City and given an elevated title, but Cardinal O'Brien (the scotsman who had coercive sex with the seminarians who reported to him) was forced to resign and has only his bad name--no mansion in Rome. It's a mixed bag, and the outcome depends on how much clout each criminal has within the Vatican. The church is an unseemly, chummy place that makes its own rules.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 30, 2014 10:01:38 PM

  17. I love how the star tribune notes that the big annual fundraising effort in the twin-cities is no longer called the "archbishop's appeal." The same thing has happened in loads of US dioceses, all of which had traditionally promoted their big annual fundraising drives as the bishop's or archbishop's appeal. Now, that guarantees a lower take. Long Island changed the name of it's appeal from bishop's appeal to something else right after william murphy the current bishop--a high-living gay opera nut who threw some nuns out of their home so he could have a more "fitting" residence--was installed as bishop. Long Island catholics, by a wide margin, can't stand murphy. He quickly learned to take his name off the appeal...
    Dissociating the word bishop with these fundraising appeals across america speaks volumes about how unpopular the right-wing yes men US bishops installed by John-Paul II and Benedict are with American catholics. The association is poison for fundraising.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 30, 2014 10:11:57 PM

  18. I'm pretty sure that investigation in St. Paul is internal. Yeah... I wonder how that's gonna come out...
    That's why the opinion piece in the star tribune is important. Nothing is going to happen without external pressure.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 30, 2014 10:14:49 PM

  19. yes: it's an internal investigation.
    he's investigating himself.

    "In a statement, Nienstedt said he ordered the investigation himself after the claims were made against him. He did not detail the nature of the allegations, but said they are “absolutely and entirely false.” He added that they do not involve minors or lay members and do not suggest anything illegal."

    Posted by: woody | Jul 30, 2014 10:24:49 PM

  20. Gee, what a shocker. Catholic priest is secret dirty old man. I need to lay down.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 31, 2014 10:34:01 AM

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