Nienstedt Deposition Released 22 Apr 14

Attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim plan to release Archbishop John Nienstedt’s deposition today (TUE). Nienstedt testified under oath for four hours on April 2nd about the way church officials have responded to allegations of sexual abuse by priests. Attorney Mike Finnegan, who represents a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s, says that it’s important for the public to be able to read the archbishop’s testimony. Church lawyers tried for months to block the deposition on the grounds it is not relevant to the case. But a Ramsey County judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals disagreed. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a statement after the deposition, saying Nienstedt had explained that children’s safety is the highest priority.