ONE-ON-ONE: Archbishop John Nienstedt

Fox 9

by Tom Lyden

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) –
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been embroiled in controversy for months, and the man at the helm, Archbishop John Nienstedt — himself accused of impropriety, is breaking his silence.

In a one-on-one interview with Fox 9’s Tom Lyden, Nienstedt made it quite clear he believes he has enough energy, information and experience to be able to lead and represent the Catholic Church in the state’s largest metropolitan area. When asked if he believes he has the moral authority, Nienstedt replied, “I do.”

“I read all e-mails; it’s divided, but I have a lot of support, and I’m grateful for that support,” he continued.

Additionally, Nienstedt also told Fox 9 News, and may truly believe, that the worst of the sex scandal is behind him. According to the archbishop, the archdiocese has reviewed the files and performed background checks on more than 3,000 priests — and beefed up monitoring of priests who have abused.

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