CA--Victims want Santa Rosa bishop to oust his disgraced colleague

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,

In an act of stunning recklessness and callousness, Santa Rosa’s top Catholic official is letting a disgraced bishop minister in the Napa Valley despite his reportedly committing sexual misdeeds and concealing child sex crimes.

Bishop Robert Vasa says he has “no concerns” about Archbishop John Nienstedt, who left Minnesota after he resigned and left Michigan after more parishioner outrage there.

The reason for the controversy surrounding Nienstedt is simple: he’s accused of sexually approaching or violating at least nine priests and seminarians and retaliating against some of them when his advances were rebuffed. And he’s also accused of endangering kids and deceiving parents about proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.

And he’s accused of interfering with a church investigation into clergy sexual misconduct.

According to the Press-Democrat, “Nienstedt’s resignation in June of 2015 as the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis came 10 days after prosecutors there filed criminal charges against the archdiocese that he ran since 2008, alleging “its failure to protect children.”

More recently, a Minnesota canon lawyer, whistleblower and former top archdiocesan official notes another allegation of wrongdoing by Nienstedt:

Vasa should reverse himself and oust Nienstedt from his post at the Napa Institute (created by Orange County attorney and Meritage Resort & Spa owner Tim Busch). Vasa should also publicly explain why he knowingly put vulnerable young adult parishioners in harm’s way by bringing Nienstedt into the diocese.

For the safety of the parishioners and the public, Nienstedt 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 with information or suspicions about Nienstedt or other church officials will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect others.

And no matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect innocent kids and vulnerable adults by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(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

Showing 2 comments

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
Secured Via NationBuilder
  • Chris Tina Johnson
    commented 2016-08-31 19:40:45 -0500
    Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara and most of California appears to be a dumping ground for catholic priest garbage.
    It was former Santa Barbara Bishop patrick ziemann who moved on up to Santa Rosa and brought his boy toy priest sex slave with him to provide Ziemann with sex on demand.. Ziemann had rape allegations against him from several males plus Ziemann extorted over 15 million dollars from the Santa Rosa Diocese and his superior at the time william leveda who went on to be cardinal and moved to the vatican to be pope Benedicts right hand man refused to press charges.. (just a little background (all published) to let you know not to expect much from any bishop in California.. Nienstedt should feel right at home up there.. and he’s close to the sleazy california jesuits in los gatos.. where disabled kitcvhen workers were sodomized by jesuit priests (among other rapes by jesuits)..
  • @ tweeted this page. 2016-08-31 11:52:31 -0500

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant