Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's buttocks [UPDATE]

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Niendstedt: "I presume [the boy] is sincere in believing what he claims, but I must say that this allegation is absolutely and entirely false."
:::: UPDATE :::: St. Paul police Chief Tom Smith: Archdiocese has been uncooperative with investigations

Two days after he issued a wishy-washy public apology about the Twin Cities Catholic church's still-unfolding sex scandal, Archibishop John Nienstedt himself is facing an allegation he inappropriately touched a boy.

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt reportedly under criminal investigation

In a letter released today, Nienstedt announced he's under investigation for allegedly touching a boy's buttocks during a photo shoot  in 2009, but denied there's any merit to the allegation. Nonetheless, he said he'll step aside from public ministry, effective immediately, until there's a resolution.

Here's the entirety of Nienstedt's letter (Bishop Lee Piche, vicar general, will take over Nienstedt's responsibilities in the archbishop's absence):

Letter From Archbishop Nienstedt



h/t -- MPR

::: UPDATE :::


St. Paul police may release a statement this afternoon, according to spokesman Howie Padilla. He noted on Twitter that investigators became aware of the allegation against Nienstedt yesterday:


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16 comments
reedbooksmore
reedbooksmore

And what's the new guy's story? Any lingering investigations about to get underway for him?... Yeah, just give it a week! omfg

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I don't know.  This seems a little too, well, something, for me.  Too pat?  Too much like a bad TV show?  I don't know.  I've actually met the Archbishop a few times, and the people around him do not like him.  They tense up as soon as he walks in the room.  I sat next to him on a Delta flight once, and he seemed like a pleasant enough guy. I ignored him because it was a late flight and I was tired and figured he'd prefer to be left alone just as I wanted myself.  But he had a very pleasant conversation with a couple of women who recognized him and talked to him.


Still, he did more than enough politically last year to seal my opinion of him.  I'm sure there are reasons for reaction he causes among his staffers.  I won't say I doubt this allegation.  The man has risen very high in the leadership of an organization with a very tainted and complicit administration.  He has to know many, many things I'd be in prison for knowing and not reporting.

nisahstar
nisahstar

why are catholics always touching little boys ugh yall nasty as hell 


Jacen Solo
Jacen Solo

See my earlier statements. The Catholic Church has held back humanity long enough - so have the other Abrahamic options of Judaism and Islam. Let's make this world better.

MrGYouKnowMe
MrGYouKnowMe

Stranger by the moment! I have to agree with Michele's take on this one!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i wonder if the local gay mafia is behind this? 

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

the church has done this to so many indigenous tribes,just imagine how far back and how deep this sick trend runs!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Yo City Pages.  Conservative Catholic scumbag Joe Soucheray is on the air talking about how the victim is probably lying about this and that he has "sympathy" for Nienstedt.   Why don't you do a story about Soucheray's defense of pedophilia.  I know for a fact if you some Muslim radio host was defending pedophiles you'd make a big deal about it.   Get that fat bigot Soucheray on the record defending Nienstedt.  He's quick to judge all other criminals yet he thinks we shouldn't rush to judgement on Nienstedt.  Pretty horrible.  Make him part of the story.   He gets lots of money from St. Thomas, maybe the Catholic church is telling him to play defense.  You should investigate.  He deserves embarrassment.  Joe is scum.  

vmsh20
vmsh20

is that a screen cap from an old Star Trek rerun?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

nobody cares, churches are money vacuums ...anyone who goes and donates is stupid and weak

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Called it years ago. There's no loathing like self-loathing.

OkieDokie
OkieDokie

 I feel like more of this is going to come out. If anyone came forward before especially if they were kids from the parish they would just get be told to be quiet or others in the school/church would make them feel like they were the problem. 

Not anymore, I bet the flood gates open now. 


David Gustafson
David Gustafson

After that non-apology apology, not especially surprising.

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