Former Archbishop Leaving Michigan Parish
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A priest is leaving a Michigan parish as some members of the diocese became angered to learn that he led the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during a clergy sex abuse scandal.
Pastor John Fleckenstein says in a letter to members of St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek that Archbishop John Nienstedt decided to discontinue his work there "in light of the unintended discord that his presence was causing."
He stepped in at St. Philip earlier this month while his friend Fleckenstein recovered from an illness.
Nienstedt resigned from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in June after charges were filed claiming the church failed to protect children from clergy sex abuse. Nienstedt has not been charged.