Thursday, December 19, 2013
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Archbishop John Nienstedt has stepped down from public ministry in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Diocese while police investigate a sexual misconduct claim made against him. A young man told Minneapolis police earlier this week that in 2009, Archbishop Nienstedt touched his butt after a confirmation ceremony. Archbishop Nienstedt said the allegations are completely false. St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said yesterday the church hasn't been entirely cooperative in the investigation, but church officials, along with their attorney, are scheduled to meet with police today.