Archbishop John Nienstedt apologies for priest sexual abuse, sort of
|Archbishop Nienstedt said he was ignorant, but not guilty of some sort of coverup.|
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But Nienstedt's apology was measured, as he made sure to mention that he thought the Catholic church sex scandal was a thing of the past when he became archbishop in April 2007.
"When I arrived here seven years ago, one of the first things I was told was that this whole issue of clerical sex abuse had been taken care of and I didn't have to worry about it," Nienstedt told reporters during a brief news conference between the two masses at which he spoke (via the Star Tribune). "Unfortunately I believed that... And so my biggest apology today is to say I overlooked this. I should have investigated it a lot more than I did. When the story started to break at the end of September, I was as surprised as anyone else."
Nienstedt delivered the same remarks at each of the two masses. He told parishioners he's "here to apologize for the indignation that you justifiably feel. You deserve better."
"The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in this local church have rightly been met with shame, embarrassment and outrage that such heinous acts could be perpetrated by men who had taken priestly vows as well as bishops who failed to remove them from ministry," Nienstedt continued, adding that "progress is being made in reducing the incidence of such terrible misconduct. There is reason, even now, to be hopeful."
But one local Catholic official -- Reverend Mike Tegeder, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Minneapolis -- said Nienstedt's public apology isn't enough.
"The fact that he says he just accepted what he was told seems to be a question of his leadership," Tegeder, who has previously called for Nienstedy to resign, told the Strib. "That's not an excuse. He had the responsibility to really search that out."
The Twin Cities Catholic sex scandal files:
-- Archbishop John Nienstedt reportedly under criminal investigation
-- Rev. Keating sex scandal: Read creepy emails 44-year-old seminary student sent girl, 14
-- Woman says she sought spiritual guidance from Maplewood priest, got seduced instead
-- St. Paul police reopen child porn investigation aimed at priest Jon Shelley
-- Priest reportedly approached young men at Barnes & Noble, asked, "Are you fucking horny?"
-- Archbishop John Nienstedt blames the devil for sodomy, condoms and marriage equality
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