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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Archbishop Nienstedt's testimony is made public

  • The sworn testimony of Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in a clergy child sex abuse lawsuit was made public Tuesday morning.
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  • The sworn testimony of Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in a clergy child sex abuse lawsuit was made public Tuesday morning.
     
    A judge ordered the deposition over the objection of attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Nienstedt testified under oath for four hours on April 2 about the way church officials handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
     
    The archdiocese had not released a statement by press time, but it released a copy of Nienstedt’s testimony in its entirety, “as part of our renewed commitment of transparency.”
     
    Archbishop John Nienstedt said he was not aware that known child sex abusers were working at the archdiocese during his tenure, nor did he track exactly which priests were being monitored, according to the testimony released Tuesday.
     
    Defense lawyers said Nienstedt ended his testimony abruptly when he was asked to turn over more church files to police.
     
    The deposition was part of a lawsuit filed by a victim last May, who claims he was abused by Reverend Thomas Adamson even after the church knew about the priest’s sexual abuse of previous victims.
     
    Last week a church appointed panel strongly criticized the handling of child sex abuse by the Archdiocese.

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