Minnesota archbishop resigns after charges of abuse cover-up

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MINNEAPOLIS: Archbishop John Nienstedt stepped down as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Monday morning, saying, “My leadership has unfortunately drawn attention away from the good works (of the church).” Named to head the archdiocese in 2007, Nienstedt has presided over a tumultuous period for the church, most notably the still-unfolding clergy sex abuse scandal. On June 5, the Ramsey County attorney’s office filed criminal charges against the archdiocese for “failing to protect children” from an abusive priest, marking the first time that a U.S. archdiocese has been criminally charged for such offenses. The now-former priest, Curtis Wehmeyer, is serving a prison term for abusing two boys in 2010 while he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul.

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