A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who has been one of the church’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is – drum roll please – the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of “inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests, and other men.”
Let’s see what this lovely man on God has been up to recently.
According to Towleroad:
Indeed, some might find this is a hard saying by many of Jesus’ teachings were likewise received as such. I urge you to reconsider the position that you expressed in your letter. Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic.
Slate reports that Commonweal, a Catholic magazine based in New York, first reported the investigation:
In a separate case, Nienstedt has been acused of groping a boy during a group photo shoot in 2009.
“Based on my interview with Greene Espel — as well as conversations with other interviewees — I believe the investigators have received about ten sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety on the part of the archbishop dating from his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, as Bishop of New Ulm, and while coadjutor/archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis,” Haselberger told Commonweal.
She added that “he also stands accused of retaliating against those who refused his advances or otherwise questioned his conduct.”
Nienstedt, 67, said in a separate statement that the allegations “are absolutely and entirely false” and he said he himself authorized the internal investigation, which he called “independent, thorough.”
“The allegations do not involve minors or lay members of the faithful, and they do not implicate any kind of illegal or criminal behavior,” Nienstedt said. “The allegations involve events alleged to have occurred at least a decade ago, before I began serving in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.”