Coat of Arms of Archbishop Nienstedt

Coat of Arms of Archbishop Nienstedt Wikimedia Commons

John Nienstedt, the embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has decided to tough it out and disregard the calls for him to resign over his handling of sex abuse cases. He is now publicly campaigning to keep his job.

“In the end, it comes down to this: 18 years ago, Pope John Paul II chose me to serve the Church as a bishop, an authentic successor of the apostles,” he writes in a column posted on the archdiocesan website. “I am bound to continue in my office as long as the Holy Father has appointed me here.”

In other words, Rome is going to have to give him the heave-ho, which is to say that he’s got to persuade the papal nuncio to the U.S., Carlo Maria Viganò, that he deserves to stay.

“I would have to be convinced that my effectiveness to lead the archdiocese was nil,” Nienstedt said yesterday to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which on Sunday called on him to step down. “And I don’t believe it is.”

Think about an employee coming to you and saying, “Don’t fire me, my effectiveness is not nil.” Would you cancel the pink slip? Or would you laugh in his face?

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Mark Silk

Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service

16 Comments

  1. Chaplain Martin

    Mark, I use to think that only people who wrote comments to web sites had too much time on their hands. Well I guess I’m right. Here I am writing the first comment on the article. The name John Niensted without the Archbishop title has a nice gong to it.

  2. Bishop Finn, who is a convicted criminal for not reporting child sex abuse in the KC-St Joe diocese is getting away with not resigning, so of course Nienstedt thinks he can get away with not resigning also.
    They both need to be fired and demoted. It’s that simply. But as we can see, Pope Francis is not taking any decisive action to deal with these high ranking church officials.

    Sadly the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called “zero tolerance” policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don’t have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.

    It’s time for outside law enforcement to get involved and take these sex crimes seriously. Only when high ranking church officials are held accountable for their crimes of cover up, will children be safe within this secret system.
    Silence and inaction are not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
    Judy Jones,SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

  3. Archbishop Nienstedt is a pedophile protecting, gay hating, gay bishop, who won’t step down, after brutally defying Jesus in Matt 18:6, and bearing false witness every chance he could.

    In other words, he’s the perfect Catholic bishop, just like all the others, in satan’s Catholic church, lowering the bar of Christianity to indefensible lows.

  4. Michael Skiendzielewski

    I nominate Archbishop Mark silk to take over for John Neinstedt . Mark’s performance and expertise is slightly higher than “NIL.” For one thing, Mark has a great sense of humor and he listens to bloggers on his site.

  5. Lynne Newington

    I wonder why one would think otherwise? If John Paul didn’t give him the flick and him well ensconced in his sainthood status, who would dare to contradict him.

    • Ah, Pope John Paul 2, the CEO of the largest child rape cult in the history of the United States, and the greatest Catholic of our time, deserving of Catholic sainthood.

      • Ah . . none of the popes of Rome were neither virtuous or holy! But don’t take my words for it . .
        Recommended Reading: The Vicars of Christ, by Peter De Rosa, former Jesuit professor at Rome’s prestigious Gregorian University

        Regarding the book ‘The Vicars of Christ’ by Peter DeRosa,
        “David (or Ray) Dubuque former Roman Catholic priest and seminary professor had this to say:
        The total number of popes is actually in doubt, as there have been times when there were two or even three contenders for that title.  This book lists 263 popes.  It doesn’t cover them all, but it covers enough of them to show what a weird idea it is for people to believe that Christ entrusted “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” to a bunch of colossal liars, mass-murderers, rapists, pimps, sadistic tyrants, and financial connivers who turned “the sacraments” into gigantic money-making schemes and bought and sold “holy offices” like the profit-making business that they were.  Roman Catholics are actually taught that a clergyman can only have Jesus on his side (as an authentic descendant of the apostles) if he can trace his ecclesiastical lineage to and through this long series of monstrous “stones” upon which God has built his church.”

        Disclaimer:
        There is much information at Mr. Dubuque’s website: www.catholicarrogance.org which exposes the false church of Rome and the ungodly popes who continue to rule over her
        That being said, I do not share Mr. Dubuque’s doctrinal position regarding homosexuality..

  6. Frank LaFerriere

    Ahhh the Pedophile Pimp Nienstedt….lovely isn’t it? This scum covers up for pedophile priests and people call him holy?

    The Roman Catholic Church is truly evil. From the Pope on down to the pew polishers.Far too many of us were raped by their disgusting pedophile priests, covered up by their evil Pedophile Pimps, and sung praises to and defended by their Pedophile Parishioners.

    What disgusts me even more of the parishioners?

    THESE ARE THEIR OWN CHILDREN BEING RAPED AND DESTROYED AND THEY WOULD RATHER DEFEND AND STAND UP FOR THESE EVIL DEGENERATES WHOM RAPED THEIR CHILDREN…THAN FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN.

    All of them, from the Pope on down, should be arrested, and put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity. Upon conviction, they should be executed, using the very Inquisitional horrors upon them that they used on the Pagans and others.

    • Amen Frank . .
      the Roman Catholic “church” is truly evil.

      I read your recent editorial at the Berlin Daily Sun / NH entitled
      ‘ Frank J LaFerriere: Not so long ago, Pope Francis asked priest abuse victims for forgiveness.’
      Link: http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50568:frank-j-laferriere-pope-francis-asked-priest-abuse-victims-for-forgiveness&catid=73:letter&Itemid=428

      More victims need to do likewise, as it is painfully clear the pope doesn’t get it! It beggars belief that he has the chutzpa to characterize the cover up of priest abuse crimes as “sins of omission.” when it is in truth the MOTHER of all COVER UPS!
      The sooner the Lord fulfills prophecy and destroys the papal system, “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” . . the better! (Rev. 17)
      The exposure of her crimes which we are witnessing unfold today in real time
      is truly remarkable and I believe it is the very pre-cursor to her utter destruction. .
      How ironic that the SCANDAL the “spiritual rulers” of the Roman Catholic church sought so desperately to avoid by their diabolical cover up scheme has proven to be the SCANDAL of the century! The mask of the NOT SO HOLY Roman Catholic “church” has slipped and she is being seen for what she in truth is. Soon . . in the fullness of time . . the imposter posing as the “bride of Christ” will receive her just reward, when perfect justice will be exacted upon her by the Righteous Judge of all the Earth who will reward her double according to her wicked works.**”Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”***(Rev. 17:1-2; Rev. 18)

      Roman Catholicism is not CHRIST’s Church!

      *******

      If it’s ok with you Frank, I’d like your permission to paste excerpts from it at other forums where it is appropriate and where I participate. I will include the link and ascribe credit to you of course.

      • Frank . .

        PS ..when I wrote: . . .

        If it’s ok with you Frank, I’d like your permission to paste excerpts from it at other forums where it is appropriate and where I participate. I will include the link and ascribe credit to you of course.

        I was referring to your editorial . .
        ‘Frank J LaFerriere: Not so long ago, Pope Francis asked priest abuse victims for forgiveness.’

        I think the time is long overdue for the voices of victims like yourself to be raised above the voices of the pope and his operatives / apologists.

      • As a former Roman Catholic, I can tell you that those brought up in the Roman Catholic Tradition . . otherwise known as “the faithful”, have been programmed to “Pay, Pray & Obey”, and to defer to the authority of their priests and bishops in matters of faith and morals. As a result, their judgment is so clouded by their unquestioned loyalty to their “church”, that in and of themselves they are unable to discern right from wrong; good from evil; true from false, and thus by default are constrained to rely on the judgment of others, namely their spiritual rulers in such solemn matters.

        Sadly, many are so blinded by their inbred institutional loyalty they find themselves unable to act rationally in the face of the painful realities with which they are now confronted which compels them to leave, but choose instead to remain tethered to an institution that is utterly devoid of any moral or spiritual credibility.
        And while I do pray for the judgment to come upon the anti-Christian system that papal Rome represents, at the same time, I pray that the rampant clergy abuse plague raging within the priesthood/hierarchy of the RC “church”, and being exposed in our day in the providence and mercy of God, will serve as a wake up call to Catholics who sit complacently in their pews.
        It is my prayer that there will be some amongst their many devotees across the globe who will both hear and heed the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ as it is found in Revelation 18, verse 4:
        “. . . . Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

        Many former Roman Catholics like myself have renounced the false religion of Rome in order to wholeheartedly embrace the religion of Jesus Christ without contradiction.
        May God through His grace compel many more Roman Catholics to do likewise!

        The papal institution is NOT guided by the Holy Spirit, neither it is, as THEY so arrogantly and presumptuously claim, the “one true church” of Jesus Christ!
        Christ’s Church in truth is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, of which Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone and only head.(Eph. 2:20; Eph. 5:23)
        Roman Catholicism is not Christ’s Church!

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