Deposition on abuse to be released

Published 9:29 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ST. PAUL — Attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim plan today to release St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt’s deposition.

Nienstedt testified under oath for four hours April 2 about the way church officials have responded to allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Attorney Mike Finnegan, who represents a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s, said it’s important for the public to be able to read the archbishop’s testimony.

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Church lawyers tried for months to block the deposition on the grounds it is not relevant to the case. But a Ramsey County judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals disagreed.

The archdiocese released a statement after the deposition, saying Nienstedt had explained that children’s safety is the archdiocese’s highest priority.