ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WXMI) — The former archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has a new post, in Michigan.
Former Archbishop John Nienstedt will help a pastor in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the pastor undergoes treatment for epilepsy.
The Star Tribune reports Nienstedt’s arrival was announced in the Sunday bulletin at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church.
The Rev. John Fleckenstein wrote that Nienstedt will help him and other priests until the summer. Fleckenstein says Nienstedt has not been formally assigned to the parish.
Nienstedt resigned from the Twin Cities archdiocese in June after the Ramsey County Attorney’s offices filed civil and criminal charges claiming that the church had failed to protect children from clergy sex abuse.
The Diocese of Kalamazoo wrote in a statement: “The Diocese of Kalamazoo is committed to providing safe environments for all people. As is the case for any priest or bishop ministering in the Diocese, Archbishop Emeritus Nienstedt begins his temporary ministry at St. Philip Parish as a priest in good standing, having met the Church’s stringent standards required to attain that status. As such he is welcome in the Diocese of Kalamazoo for the several months that he will be available to offer supplemental sacramental ministry to the people of St. Philip Parish.”
Nienstedt has not been charged. The Battle Creek parish is part of the Kalamazoo diocese.