Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

Ordained: 1974
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Accused 2013 of touching a boy’s buttocks after a Confirmation in 2009. County attorney found “insufficient evidence” in 3/14. Returned to ministry as archbishop. Internal investigation of alleged misconduct with adults revealed 7/14. It reportedly found “sexual advances” by Nienstedt toward two priests. Nienstedt kept findings secret and, per MPR report, authorized new investigation by 2nd law firm. Resigned 6/15, per 401.2, soon after archdiocese was criminally charged for contributing to child sex abuse. Documents released 7/16 show allegations of Nienstedt’s “promiscuous gay lifestyle”, and Vatican cover-up. Nienstedt denied the allegations. In 2016 working at Napa Institute in CA. Detroit archdiocese announced 10/18 that Nienstedt said he was going to move to a house he owns in southeast MI, agreeing to abstain from public ministry. Allegations revealed 12/18 he invited two minors to a hotel room to change out of wet clothes in 2005 at Vatican youth rally in Germany.


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