ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago.
In a Dec. 17 letter, the St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks was inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese.
“True, I am a sinner, but my sins do not include any kind of abuse of minors,” the archbishop wrote. “I have met victims, and I know the lasting damage that such abuse causes.”
He stated that his normal practice is to stand for group photos “with one hand on my...READ MORE