The priests of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received this message via email early this morning. 


Eileen Quinn
06/15/2015 8:19am

The second to last paragraph in Nienstedt's note reminded me of an old phrase my grandmother used to use, "the mettle of a man".

06/15/2015 11:11am

Greene Espel.

'Clear conscience'?

We'll see.


Good work. Strong team: Saint Paul / Minneapolis, beyond.

Press on. Pray up. Persevere.

Be Holy. God's with us - and watching.


(Nienstedt: Pr 16:18)

06/17/2015 1:50pm want peace / Unity in the Archdiocese ...get the Truth on the table...Stat..btw..where's McDonough...needs an Exorcist...snake ...children / families / individuals suffered immensely under his watch as he 'craftily' maneuvered his snaky-little-way around Jeff Anderson for decades...time to one out-foxes God...the audacity (P-R-I-D-E) of Men-of-the-Cloth shameful, disturbing, Cruel n selfish... God have mercy on us... Holy, Pure, Humble, Loving Leadership here forward...bring it LORD...Amen

06/15/2015 11:58am

Dr. Haselberger, the line about "the desire of the Holy See to announce this made it impossible to wait" is striking. Do you think this could indicate that Pope Francis or someone close to him pressured Nienstedt and Piche to resign?

Judy Jones
06/15/2015 12:38pm

Because Jennifer Haselberger and brave survivors are speaking up and because Minnesota opened up the three year window of opportunity for victims to file a suit, the cover up of child sex crimes is being exposed.
By filing a suit, this gives victims the opportunity for their lawyers to enter into the discovery phase, which allows them to subpoena secret archive documents and to subpoena high ranking officials to testify under oath. This helps to expose the child predators, but it also helps to expose those high ranking officials who continue to cover up these sex crimes.
These two things helped prosecutors to charge the Archdiocese for their crimes of enabling children to be sexually abused.

This needs to happen is all states, not just Minnesota. Plus the Pope must defrock Bishop Nienstedt and all clerics who cover up sex crimes. Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are being as quiet as possible, they're still not exposing accused predator clergy, and they are not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called "zero tolerance" policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there has been no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.

Judy Jones, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

06/15/2015 2:04pm

Archbishop John Nienstedt: “ I leave with a clear conscience “

Adolf Hitler: “ I stand with a clear conscience”

Both were baptized Roman Catholic!

06/15/2015 5:37pm

This is a good start.

Maureen Milske
06/15/2015 6:59pm

Will the investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct by Nienstedt go forward now that he has resigned? I certainly hope so, but.......

M. Reynolds
06/15/2015 8:39pm

What a poorly written email by the Archbishop to his priests. I would never allowed the first statement: " would have preferred to share this with you in person, but the desire of the Holy See to announce this made it impossible to wait until the Presbyterial Assembly in Rochester to tell you." Here should have just deleted it and began with the next paragraph. Very telling of his own pain and anger at Pope Francis.

06/15/2015 11:15pm

Wow! What a day. I am happy for those who put themselves on the line in order to bring about the end of the Nienstedt era. But as others have said, Nienstedt's departure does not bring an end to the culture of entitlement and privilege that has brought about this crisis in the church worldwide. May Catholics demand greater accountability, transparency, and greater lay participation in the governing of the church at every level.

06/17/2015 12:58am

And what of McDonough?!

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    Jennifer Haselberger is a canon lawyer who served as the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until April of 2013, when she resigned in protest of the Archdiocese's handling of sexual misconduct by clergy.

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