MPR Reporting Ex-Twin Cities archbishop Nienstedt takes post at Michigan parish

Archbishop John Nienstedt, who stepped down in June as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has taken on a temporary pastoral role at a church in Battle Creek, Mich.

Nienstedt resigned the Twin Cities post after Ramsey County prosecutors charged the archdiocese with failing to protect children from a predatory priest.

The charge followed two years of revelations about the failure of the archdiocese to protect children from sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. Nienstedt, who served eight years as Twin Cities archbishop, admitted no mistakes in his resignation letter.

According to the bulletin at the St. Philip Catholic Church (.pdf), Nienstedt will fill in for the head priest, who is undergoing medical treatment, over the next six months.

Nienstedt will perform some weekend and weekday masses, visit the sick and celebrate mass for nursing home and assisted living facilities. He'll also fill in for other priests in the diocese when needed.

Nienstedt could not immediately be reached for comment. The Diocese of Kalamazoo said in a statement that Neinstedt was a priest in good standing and was welcome at the St. Philip Parish.

HT Ray



  1. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is ardently anti-Catholic. It must pain them to see someone climb out from under the bus that they threw him under. Vivat ++Nienstedt, vivat pastor bonus!

    1. Agreed, a vendetta for the Church's defense of marriage.

  2. It's nice to see him still keeping busy in service to the Church. He was unfairly crucified here in this archdiocese, but hopefully he will receive much spiritual benefit by being back in the trenches continuing to work as a servant of God. May the Lord bless him.


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