Sunday, October 13, 2013

Nienstedt Should Resign

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Archbishop Nienstedt should step down, not only because of his handling of recent abuse cases in the archdiocese of St. Paul, but because he has done nothing to curb slush fund payments to child molesting priests, like the one portrayed here, who lives in luxury at Church expense at the very location where he buggered little boys.

Why is Nienstedt paying extra money to retired child abusers - money above and beyond their pensions?  What possible reason could he have for rewarding the behavior of such men?  And if this is not a decision Nienstedt himself has made - why has he allowed it to continue, even after it has been brought to his attention?

There is a systemic evil at work in the Church - in many dioceses, in many orders, and sometimes you'll see it parish to parish, school to school.  There is a deliberate turning away from Christ and an embrace of utter depravity, all the while mouthing pious platitudes.

Can we not recognize that yet?  Do we not know that these shepherds are not calling us with the True Shepherd's voice?

"He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.  (John 10:3-6)

Do we not understand?  When bishops enable child molesters, reward them with extra pensions (as Nienstedt is doing), and when bishops condone the flouting of canon law, bad catechesis and liturgical abuse (as so many of them are doing), they may still be our rightful shepherds, but they are speaking with a stranger's voice.

And that voice is getting stranger and stranger.


Bob Schwiderski said...

Great call ! I agree, Nienstedt should resign.

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Terence M. Stanton said...


As long as so many bishops refuse to preach the truth of the Church's sexual ethic this will continue. Praise God for any heroic bishops who have strongly spoken against contraception. They have been few and far between. Soon-to-be Pope Saint John Paul II gave 129 talks developing the Church's "Theology of the Body". He wasn't doing it because he was bored. He knew our society had been destroyed by the rampant sexual immorality wrought by the rejection of Humanae Vitae and acceptance of the birth control pill. He gave us the remedy for that. The problem is that it has not been taught at the local level. This sexual abuse filth will continue to go on as long as so many bishops remain silent on contraception. That is because if contraception is not wrong then *nothing* is wrong and any form of hedonism will come back again and again.

Anonymous said...

No. Our archbishop should not resign. That only shuffles the chairs on the deck of the sinking ship. We need more than that. A resignation is far too easy for all involved. It lets archbishop Nienstedt off the hook for this mess but does not of itself fix anything.

Archbishop Nienstedt needs to face this and make some real progress before he can retire. He needs to leave something better for his successor.

We need a renewal of the whole diocese from top to bottom. The archbishop needs to find his sackcloth and put it on. That is the absolute first thing. Then we need to find our sackcloth and put it on. That is the starting point for renewal. Priests and laity need to face our own sins and beg God for mercy. Few of us live as we ought. We sure do complain about others who do evil or do not stand up to evil. How about our own lives? How many of us go to confession with any regularity? How many of us live chaste lives as the Church teaches? How many of us pray as if God might hear us if we did?

We have many priests who are honorable and good, others who have failed in the past and are trying valiantly to live lives in righteousness, some who just muddle along, and some who are real scoundrels. The latter need to be removed at all costs. Then the remainder will be encouraged to live holy lives.

Those who cannot live chaste lives need to go, whether they do porn or boys or girls or adult men or adult women. There is no room for any priest who has alienated himself from chastity. I do not mean repented past failings but habitual and current failings they no longer even resist. Those priests do far more harm than they could ever do good. Get rid of them.

We need to clean house AND repent. All of us willing to try to live moral lives need to do that. Those who think they are sinless among us can do penance for those who need it more. Our archbishop needs to lead the way. Demand nothing less.

Kevin O'Brien said...

Anonymous & Terrence, very well said. As for sackcloth and reparations ...

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely not blaming the victims, but why, why, why, why, why, why did the parents not call the police rather than just make "complaints"???????? Crimes were committed. Call the police. THEN complain.


Anonymous said...

I know this post is old - but a good segue into my current thoughts on the priesthood. The church has made homosexuality a sin, while condoning it within their own seminaries and lifestyles. When it was illegal, what agreat way to recruit new priests - the only place you can be gay, and not have to explain why you are not married. And since they are permissive with this "sin", who are they to cast a stone at child molestors? A culture of homosexuality and child abuse, which supported the entire corporation of the church. Why not allow married men in? Because what father of a child would ignore the abuse of another child. If we take the 10% of clergy that I believe the Holy See has acknowleged are abusers as fact, then we have to ask, why is the other 90% so quiet about it? That's a huge crime of ommission. No parent, or woman, would allow the abuse of any child. Hence, no married men, and no women. Sounds like a conspiracy to me.