The editorial staff at the National Catholic Reporter says Archbishop John Nienstedt should release the findings of an investigation into allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct, including claims that he made unwanted sexual advances toward a former Twin Cities priest, according to a report posted online in June by Commonweal Magazine.
Editors at National say the law firm Greene Espel finished looking into the claims on July 29 and say delaying the disclosure of information “point(s) to patterns of cover-ups.”
We have completed our work for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We have provided a written report as requested by the archdiocese,” Matthew Forsgren at Greene Espel told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Friday.
“Any questions regarding the investigation and report should be directed to the archdiocese.”
Friday’s editorial also goes on to say the archdiocese has damaged its relationship with the Twin Cities community because it has not been transparent into allegations of abuse, including those involving children, from the start:
The Rainbow Sash Movement echoes the calls by the National Catholic Reporter’s editoral position on the matter. It is time for Archbishop Nienstedt to come clean.
RSM News Team