By authorizing an investigation into his personal life, Nienstedt had hoped to clear his name. Things turned out differently.
Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche resigned Monday after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from a pedophile priest.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Friday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must be held accountable for its "role in failing to protect children" from a priest's sexual abuse.
The Rev. Gerald Dvorak, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn., has taken a leave of absence following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.
The lawsuit filed in St. Louis County accuses the Duluth diocese of creating a public nuisance by not warning the public about the late Rev. Charles Gormly and other priests.
The St. Louis County Attorney's Office accuses the Rev. Brian Lederer of touching the girls in separate incidents from about August 2014 to last Sunday. The Diocese of Duluth says it was not aware of accusations against the priest before his arrest this week.
The priest is in jail pending a possible charge for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15.
Attorney Jeff Anderson released the memoir and other documents Tuesday at a news conference announcing the settlement of a lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed in Stearns County, accused the Rev. Allen Tarlton of abusing a Saint John's Preparatory School student in about 1977. It said the abbey knew of abuse allegations against Tarlton and failed to call police or warn students and parents.
Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt hasn't been charged, but his role in protecting priests invites comparisons to Bishop Robert Finn's case.
Sales of the chancery office and three other properties may raise as much as $11 million, an archdiocese official told a creditor's meeting Tuesday.
A video purportedly released by Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab calls for attacks on the Mall of America and other shopping centers in Canada and England.
A Minneapolis police officer is in satisfactory condition after being shot early Saturday morning.
The board of trustees at Shattuck-St. Mary's expressed "unqualified support" for the school's president after an MPR News report that found he authorized a confidential payment to a teacher.
In releasing the names, neither the archdiocese nor the law firm provided details of the allegations against them.