Archbishop Nienstedt resigns after archdiocese charged with coverup Live

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Nearly two years into a clergy sex abuse scandal, Archbishop John Nienstedt has resigned as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Nienstedt, 68, and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche, 57.
They resigned under the church law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.

  • Nienstedt's departure makes him one of a handful of American bishops in the Catholic Church to resign as the result of a clergy sex abuse scandal.
  • The Rev. Bernard Hebda, coadjutor archbishop of Newark, N.J., has been named temporary administrator of the archdiocese.


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