Archbishop John Nienstedt withheld info on sexually abusive priests [VIDEO]

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The law firm that is aggressively suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released on Tuesday the four-hour deposition of head holy man John Nienstedt. The archbishop admitted under oath that he has withheld information about sexually abusive priests, putting the blame on one of his underlings.

"The methods they have employed in the past are being employed in the present," attorney Jeff Anderson told reporters in his office. "We're alarmed. We're sad. And we're scared, the more we learn, the more we see."

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It was a bold statement coming from a man who's been immersed in the church's dark dealings for decades. The lawsuit for which Nienstedt testified earlier in the month involves Father Thomas Adamson but alleges that the archdiocese poses a "public nuisance" threat to the entire Twin Cities region. This clever choice of words frees the line of questions beyond Nienstedt's six-year reign over St. Paul and allows Anderson to draw a connection between previous archbishops and other dioceses.

In preparation for trial, a Ramsey County judge has ordered the archdiocese to hand over documents, some 30,000 pages so far, related to the internal investigations of credibly accused priests.

St. Paul police confirmed that officers are in the process of reviewing documents (as well as the deposition) that were turned over by Anderson's firm, not the archdiocese. Criminal investigations are ongoing.

Anderson's firm is expected in a couple weeks to release another deposition -- this one involving former vicar general Kevin McDonough, who Nienstedt named in his testimony. The archdiocese did not make a statement.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the highlights of the video released Tuesday.

1. Early in the interrogation, Nienstedt admits that McDonough told him to avoid writing down information about sexually abusive priests because it could be used later in litigation. But he comes up short when pressed about the context of that conversation.





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35 comments
Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Kirk, raping children isn't much like that and to make that comparison is callous and insulting to the victims. Using this platform to talk about your political agenda is disgusting.

w4w19
w4w19

looking to get my pussy and butthole licked out i am looking for a hungry stud who just wants to come over, tear my panties off and suck my pussy and asshole. no reciprocation. Just eat, make me cum and leave. host only. NO MEN.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

And all this going on while Nienstedt is spending his time and millions of parishioner's donations on fighting against LGBT marriage in MN. It would be wonderful to see this A-hole wind up in prison. 

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

Oh No..... can't be true! The church and all it's honesty would lie about such a sin? YUP !

BeObjective
BeObjective

if the church's "highest priority" is the safety of children -- as they claim-- then they would turn over the files immediately.  Their actions speak louder than their words. 

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

If people found out that Chuck E Cheese was covering up child molestation at the level of the Catholic church, every one of them would be burned to the ground. Let's see some flames.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

Since they don't want to cooperate with our Justice System maybe we should just find a tree, some rope, and solve this the old fashioned way?

Lisa Clare
Lisa Clare

Mr.Nienstedt's days are numbered as a free man, take it from this Catholic.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

hopefully the end of a 2000yr rouse on humanity 

Sally McCoy
Sally McCoy

Really sad that it was more important to keep the 'business' going than to protect children

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

You don't have to be a political partisan to think that keeping children away from sexual predators is a good thing. Not everything has to be about Benghazi.

Mary Kesslar
Mary Kesslar

I hope there's a special place for people like him. Disgusting pig

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Much like Eric Holder withholding info on Benghazi and Fast & Furious to protect the Obama administration. Both should hang.

Willy Hutchins
Willy Hutchins

It's gonna be OK... He's buddies with Jesus... lol

Justin Olson
Justin Olson

He's just as guilty as far as I'm concerned. He should go to prison for withholding information.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Also do not forget pedophile enablers like Joe Soucheray.  He has used his radio show to defend Nienstedt on numerous occasions.  He has also called the the sexual abuse victims liars.   Boycott KSTP and The Pioneer Press for giving a platform for this liar. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Never forget this criminal monster spent millions of dollars on the gay marriage issue.  This scumbag virgin who protects pedophiles spent millions of church donations to use the government to tell consenting adults who they can love.  If this bigot fuckhead doesn't go to prison there is no justice.  

SidVicious
SidVicious

The only reason a person covers up in a case like this is that they're guilty, and they know it. Anyone else would be working tirelessly to clear their name. Nienstedt  and most of the church hierarchy needs a prison cell. It seems to me the vigor with which Nienstedt is resisting shows he's doing more than covering up the pedophilia of other priests. Perhaps he's covering some of his own crimes, too?


With what the world now knows about the history of pedophilia within the catholic church, every person you see supporting or attending a catholic church is knowingly supporting and condoning pedophilia. 

SidVicious
SidVicious

Might be time to bring back the Inquisition, only on them. Seems they had no problem torturing and executing people, all in the name of "god".

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

What a troll!

A1batross
A1batross

@MicheleBachmann I doubt he's a virgin. I got kicked off the Star Tribune comments board during the run-up to the gay marriage vote for suggesting that Nienstadt's boyfriends and male prostitutes ought to out him. His same-sex relationships were an open secret back in New Ulm. He's just another self-loathing homosexual projecting his rage on the rest of the world. We see it over and over again, when are we just going to start calling it out publicly?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@A1batross @MicheleBachmann  Wouldn't surprise me.  He wouldn't be the first closeted religious nut.    I think that is one of the biggest media failings, protecting closeted bigots.   It was well known Larry Craig was gay before he got arrested.   

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