Archbishop Nienstedt Steps Aside in Minnesota

Statement from Voice of the Faithful® national office

Boston, Mass, Dec. 17, 2013 — Voice of the Faithful® agrees with the step Minneapolis and St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt is taking after allegations he touched a boy inappropriately. News reports say he is stepping aside while the allegation is investigated. In doing so, he is following the U.S. bishops’ guidelines for protecting children.

This action demonstrates that no one in the Church, whether bishop or employee, should be protected from the consequences of such allegations. Voice of the Faithful® would prefer that other bishops had been so diligent during these past decades of scandal. However, VOTF also believes that Archbishop Nienstedt should have resigned previously, when it became clear that child protection guidelines had not been followed in the past under his tenure.

Voice of the Faithful®: Voice of the Faithful® is a worldwide movement of faithful Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and increase the laity’s role in governance and guidance of the Church. More information is at


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  1. #1 by Gloria Sullivan on December 17, 2013 - 4:48 PM

    “Support priests of Integrity?”
    Why do you say that?
    How do you know who has it and who doesn’t’ ?
    Our belief system was “shot to hell and back” when almost all the priests ( 5, )we knew, in our parish, we’re found to be pedophiles. We would have vouched for them, unconditionally, as they were in our eyes ” magnificent examples of GOD’s HOLY men. ” What a “con job”….using our Lord Jesus Christ to Decieve US ALL…most especially the children sexually abused by these clergy..Who have lived in agony from the Sexual Abuse!
    THEN….. when ( years before the year 2001( when we left this evil place) Stories were remembered of the religious, that we wouldn’t ‘believe from our families in ” religious orders” , They were BELIEVED COMPLETELY! It confirmed all we had found out, that was quite devistating. It has not gotten better since then but has gotten worse by all standards of decency, here and abroad. In the CATHOLIC CHURCH. Scandal it’s not…EVIL IT IS!


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