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Archbishop Nienstedt, in deposition, says he knew little about sex-abuse complaints

April 23, 2014

In a deposition made public on April 23, Archbishop John Nienstedt said that he was not aware that priests accused of sexual abuse had remained in active ministry after he assumed control of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Archbishop Nienstedt said that he had been briefed on existing sex-abuse complaints when he first took office in St. Paul, succeeding Archbishop Harry Flynn in 2008, but had not remembered the names of the priests involved.

The archbishop, in his lengthy deposition, defended his own handling of the sex-abuse problem, but admitted that he now believes more thorough public disclosure of complaints is warranted.


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