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  • Breaking: Anti-Gay Catholic Archbishop Investigated For Sexual Misconduct With Men

    One of the nation's most active and notorious anti-gay crusaders, Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, reportedly is under investigation by his own diocese for sexual misconduct with other men, including other priests.

    John Nienstedt has a long and dark history of not only opposing marriage equality, but of actively investing a reported $650,000 of the Roman Catholic Church's funds to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. It could easily be said of the nation's most active anti-gay crusaders, he's on a top ten list. Before the 2010 election, the 67-year old Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul spammed 400,000 Minnesota homes with unrequested anti-gay DVDs in a failed attempt to get voters to ban same-sex marriage. Not only did his efforts fail, but lawmakers actually later ushered in marriage equality.

    Undeterred, last year Nienstedt claimed that “Satan” is “the source” of same-sex marriage. He also told the mother of a gay man she could go to hell if she did not embrace the Church's teachings on homosexuality.

    But now, Commonweal Magazine reports that Nienstedt own diocese is investing him for sexual misconduct with other men, including priests, having received ten signed and sworn letters of accusation.

    Nienstedt denies the allegations, claiming, “I have never engaged in sexual misconduct and certainly have not made any sexual advances toward anyone." he also artfully spun the charges in a statement, according to the Atlantic Wire"The allegations do not involve minors or lay members of the faithful, and they do not implicate any kind of illegal or criminal behavior." 

    Commonweal offers some background on Nienstedt.

    Nienstedt was named an auxiliary bishop of Detroit in 1996, and became bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota, in 2001. Just six years later he was appointed coadjutor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was installed as archbishop in 2008. Before long, Nienstedt had established one of the signature issues of his episcopate: homosexuality. His statements on that issue add controversy to the investigation of his own behavior.

    “Those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts…formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin,” Nienstedt wrote late in 2007. That echoed a column he wrote the year before—while bishop of New Ulm—cautioning Catholics against watching Brokeback Mountain, a film about two married cowboys who fall for one anotherHe wondered whether Hollywood knew just how dangerous their “agenda” was: “Surely they must be aware that they have turned their backs on God and the standards of God in their quest to make evil look so attractive.”

    In 2009, Nienstedt temporarily stepped down from his post after being caused of inappropriate contact with a young boy in 2009. He was not charged in the case.

    Nienstedt's statement on the allegations today ends with this sentence: "Let us pray that the truth will come out as a result of the investigation."

     

    Related:

    Cops Trying To Investigate Sex Abuse At St. Paul Archdiocese: 'We Have Been Told No'

    With Failed Appeal, Archbishop Forced to Testify About Role in Sex Abuse Cover-Up

     

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    • commented 2014-07-07 18:14:35 -0400
      Henk Heithuis died in 1958 in his early twenties, tormented for years by the sexual abuse of Catholic priests. After he tried to expose his abusers, he was castrated in a Catholic hospital by a Catholic doctor under the advice of a Catholic psychiatrist to”cure him of his perverse sexuality.” Der Spiegel,May 4th, 2012

      http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/missbrauch-katholische-kirche-in-niederlanden-liess-jungen-kastrieren-a-829437.html

      In the Netherlands alone it is estimated that since 1945 between 10,000 and 20,000 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests enabled by their prelates. Der Spiegel, Dec 17, 2011

      http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/untersuchungsbericht-zehntausende-missbrauchsfaelle-in-hollands-katholischer-kirche-a-804379.html

    • commented 2014-07-04 02:25:45 -0400
      Studies prove that the dog that barks the loudest always wants the bone the most.

    • commented 2014-07-02 18:09:28 -0400
      Yet another gay hating, yet closet gay abusing Catholic leader, just like Cardinal O’Brien in the UK, accused by 4 other priests of his abusive sexual advances.

      Now they will play the game of “which priest is lying the most for their god”.

    • commented 2014-07-02 13:33:29 -0400
      Disgusting that he is a homophobe, and his past behavior is as well. And maybe in his church’s opinion, it’s misconduct but I would hardly call it that as long as the men were all of legal age and consented. I say come on out of the closet and be proud of who you are and stop being such an bigoted asshole!

    • commented 2014-07-02 06:06:17 -0400
      This was inevitable. The more shrill they are the more likely it is that they’re hiding something. And this dude’s been pretty freakin’ shrill.

    • commented 2014-07-02 05:57:02 -0400
      it was just a matter of time.

    • commented 2014-07-01 21:41:37 -0400
      So many Catholics, so much hate.

    • commented 2014-07-01 21:12:06 -0400
      This guy is the perfect example of "The Catholick Church. Creepy and troubled. He’s nothing but a Trojan Horse.

    • commented 2014-07-01 20:37:40 -0400
      If he came out, he’d lose his job……but it the hypocrisy still makes me sick to my stomach.

    • commented 2014-07-01 19:16:27 -0400
      Isn’t the church giving money for a political issue a conflict between the separation of church and state? I feel like I read that somewhere…either way, it is kinda proof that the most hateful anti-gay complaints come from the closeted who can’t find the courage to come out.

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