New court documents released in Minnesota today show details of the criminal case a prosecutor had built against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.
The papers show that some accusations against Archbishop John
Nienstedt, involving improper activities with adult men, dated back to
the 1970s, while more recent charges were from his term as leader of the
Archbishop Nienstedt, who resigned last year,
has consistently denied any improprieties.
The prosecutor's papers also show that officials of Archbishop Harry
Flynn admitted Curtis Wehmeyer to the archdiocesan seminary despite a
strong negative recommendation.
Wehmeyer, whose record showed a pattern
of misbehavior, is now a convicted sex offender.
Archbishop Flynn, who
preceded Archbishop Nienstedt, is a former chairman of the US bishops'
committee implementing the "Dallas Charter" policy on sexual abuse.
The Ramsey County prosecutor dropped his case against the Archdiocese
of St. Paul-Minneapolis in July, in exchange for a commitment by Church
officials to admit guilt and to set new abuse policies.