Archbishop Faces Tough Questions on Abuse Lawsuit

Created: 04/02/2014 2:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is facing tough questions today.

Archbishop John Nienstedt will have to explain what he knew about allegations of sexual abuse by his priests. Nienstedt’s deposition will not be sealed, much to the disappointment of the archdiocese. We could soon learn what Nienstedt has to say under oath during the four-hour deposition.

The deposition is part of a lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court. A victim has sued the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and former priest Tom Adamson, who allegedly abused the victim in the 1970s.

A judge ordered the archdiocese to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents on about 40 priests who have been credibly accused of abusing children from 1970 to today. All 60,000 documents have to be turned in to the Ramsey County judge by Nienstedt’s deposition Wednesday. Some of the documents are sealed, but the victim’s attorney plans to ask the judge to reveal as much as he can through the deposition process.

“Until they are known and revealed to the public – who they are, where they are, and what their history is – kids are not safe,” attorney Jeff Anderson said.

The deposition of former Vicar General Kevin McDonough is taking place Wednesday, April 16.
The depositions are in preparation for a trial starting Sept. 22.

Archbishop John Neinstedt