Ex-Twin Cities archbishop denies allegations in affidavits

Marshall Independent
July 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt says he remains "dumbfounded" by allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation.

In written responses, Nienstedt tells the Star Tribune ( ) it "pains" him that his reputation has been "put into question by allegations that are entirely false and based wholly on rumor, hearsay, or innuendo."

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis commissioned the investigation. The Star Tribune reports the probe looked into claims that Nienstedt had engaged in behavior that was inappropriate for a priest.

Nienstedt resigned last month after prosecutors filed charges against the archdiocese for failing to protect children from a priest later convicted of molesting two boys.

Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda is considering whether to make the investigation of Nienstedt public.


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