Monday, December 30, 2013
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has put two more Catholic priests on leave as they investigate claims of child sexual abuse by clergy members. The Archdiocese yesterday announced Reverend Mark Whemann and Reverend Joseph Gallatin agreed to go on leave as they're investigated. The scandal caused Archbishop John Nienstedt to also temporarily step down from public ministry this month while St. Paul police look into allegations that he inappropriately touched the buttocks of an underage boy in 2009 during a photo session. Nienstedt continues to deny the allegations.