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Ex-church official suggested archbishop resign

May 28, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A newly released deposition shows the former top deputy at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis suggested that Archbishop John Nienstedt consider resigning in light of the clergy sex abuse scandal.

The Rev. Peter Laird resigned as the archdiocese's vicar general last fall. According to Laird's court deposition made public Wednesday, he also suggested the resignation option to Nienstedt twice as the archdiocese struggled to respond to allegations that it mishandled clergy accused of abusing children.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports Laird said Nienstedt did not respond to his suggestion.

Laird resigned abruptly in October, the same day allegations emerged that church officials knew a priest had been in possession of child pornography but continued to assign him to parish duties that brought him into contact with children.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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