ST. PAUL, Minn. - Archbishop John Nienstedt says he accepts responsibility for addressing fresh concerns about clergy sexual misconduct in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
He tells KARE 11's news partner, Minnesota Public Radio, he regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests have lost confidence in him.
Nienstedt answered ten questions reporter Madeleine Baran asked for months.
"What really stood out to me is he said, look, I didn't break the law. Nobody that I know who works for me broke the laws as far as I know. Yes, some mistakes may have been made, that is why we have the task force. I'm not resigning. And we have no priests who have been credibly accused of abuse in ministry," said Baran.
He says he's committed to finding the truth and fixing problems that exist. He says his highest priorities are ensuring children's safety and restoring trust.
MPR says it's the first time Nienstedt has answered media questions since a whistleblower began raising questions about how archdiocese officials have handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.
"I think that what we would like ideally is to be able to sit down with the archbishop and to be able to have more of a detailed answers for this every widening scandal. This information is pretty limited overall so I hope at some point he will sit down and talk with us," said Baran.
See MPR's full story here.
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