A Catholic archbishop in Minnesota is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships with men, reports said Tuesday.
Catholics must "hold each other accountable for any actions or decisions," one speaker at the USCCB meeting said, but there was no discussion on who would look for that accountability.
A former top official on two separate occasions advised St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign in response to accusations of mishandled clergy sex abuse allegations. While Nienstedt has not done so, Fr. Peter Laird heeded his own counsel.
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In his deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough did a little of everything. But mostly, he steadfastly defended the decisions he made his time at the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Through 200-plus pages of testimony, John Nienstedt frequently appears as a leader unaware of information concerning abuse, who at times failed to follow up on child-protecting protocols.
A lay task force's six-month independent review of the sex abuse policies in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese found "a flawed organizational structure."
This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt had been accused of touching the buttocks of a boy during a photo session. He will return to ministry immediately.
Commentary: One way to stop people from doing wrong is to punish them for doing wrong. It's an approach that St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic officials might consider.