MN archbishop is accused; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

The Twin Cities archbishop is now accused of abuse.

Archbishop Nienstedt is right to step aside.  We hope police and prosecutors investigate this thoroughly and promptly. We also hope that anyone else who might be able to shed light on this allegation will quickly step forward, contacting secular authorities, not church authorities.

Twin Cities Catholic officials should do in this case what we’ve urged in virtually every other case of accused clerics: They should beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by Nienstedt to call police.

We hope this mandated reporter is disciplined. He or she should have called police directly. It is disturbing that even now, two decades after Twin Cities Catholic officials pledged to "reform" their handling of clergy sex cases, a Catholic staffer apparently still reports suspected abuse first to archdiocesan officials instead of law enforcement officials.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422,[email protected])

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