MI--Accused archbishop leaves new Michigan post; Victims respond
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Accused Archbishop John Nienstedt is leaving his Battle Creek Michigan post. But Catholic officials in Rome, Kalamazoo and St. Paul should have ordered him to leave. For the safety of the parishioners and the public, he should not ever be put back into ministry. Doing so would be a risky, callous move that would reward and encourage more recklessness and deceit.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes, misdeeds or cover ups by Nienstedt or other church officials will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Controversial archbishop leaves Michigan parish
By Rosemary Parker | firstname.lastname@example.org on January 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM
BATTLE CREEK, MI -- Parishioners at St. Philip Catholic Church here learned Thursday morning that the controversial Archbishop John Nienstedt has left Battle Creek, just two weeks into what was to be a six-months-long stay.
Nienstedt resigned last summer from his archdiocese in Minneapolis-St. Paul after it was slapped with civil and criminal charges that church leaders had failed to protect children there by covering up and failing to report suspicions of sex abuse by clergy.
Nienstedt quiestly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement made between the two of them, long-time friends.
The Diocese of Kalamazoo had OKed Nienstedt's work here, saying it . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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