Archbishop John Nienstedt Announces Resignation

CBS Minnesota
June 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is stepping down.

In a statement, posted to the Archdiocese’s website, Nienstedt said he has submitted his resignation in order to give the Archdiocese a “new beginning amidst the many challenges we face.”

He goes on to say that his leadership has drawn attention away from the church.

As WCCO has been following for the past three years, dozens of clergy members have been accused of sexual abuse.

Nienstedt himself had even been accused of having inappropriate contact with a boy. He was cleared.

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese ended up filing for bankruptcy, amid these numerous cases.

Just ten days ago, Ramsey County filed criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to protect children.


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