Earlier this week, as media in the Twin Cities were beginning to page through the 900 pages of documents released by the Ramsey County Attorneys Office, the subject of those documents, Archbishop John Nienstedt, was on hand as two seminarians for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis were ordained to the transitional diaconate.

To anyone familiar with the contents of those 900 documents, his presence at the ordinations was as predictable as it was troubling. It is also another sign that, despite his resignation, there have been few if any consequences for his role in the sexual abuse scandal that continues to plague the Archdiocese.


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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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