"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Archbishop Nienstedt relieved to have his name cleared.

Turns out the Papal Nuncio squashed the investigation into allegations of impropriety ...

Placing Nienstedt's good name in jeopardy.

Former Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt said Thursday he is “relieved” that the public now is aware of the fate of an investigation into alleged sexual improprieties by him.
A day after a 2014 memo from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was made public stating that a Vatican emissary quashed the investigation, Nienstedt repeated that he has done nothing improper, despite allegations of misconduct revealed in documents released Wednesday by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
“I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life,” Nienstedt wrote in an e-mail to the Star Tribune Thursday. “I am relieved that the public now knows the extent of the allegations and can hear my response.”
The fate of the Nienstedt investigation has been a question confronting Twin Cities Catholics for two years. The memo made public this week indicated that the Vatican emissary in Washington, D.C., put the brakes on the probe, which had been looking into allegations of sexual misconduct by Nienstedt in Michigan, Minnesota and Rome. - StarTribune
“I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life,” said Nienstedt.

I have no problem with that statement - except to point out this is another example of how and why Catholics, and many others, can be confused by how Catholic teaching is expressed.  The Pope and other bishops and priests refer to homosexual persons as 'gay' - others say 'ssa'.  But everyone is discouraged, and even rebuked for using the term 'gay' - especially 'gay-Catholics'.  Yet Nienstedt just made it clear he is a 'heterosexual man'.  Even though Catholic teaching insists:
The Church “refuses to consider the person as a ‘heterosexual’ or a ‘homosexual’ and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God and, by grace, his child and heir to eternal life.” - CDF
Just saying.

Nienstedt is gone now.  I'm happy for him that his good name has been upheld.

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