South Dakota's legislature is hiding clergy crimes while Minnesota is prosecuting predator priests.
After being censured for sexual contact with a minor John Nienstedt has been driven from the St. Paul Diocese and now lives in California. The Minnesota cleric with intimate ties to Sioux Falls cassock, Paul Swain, is said to have frequented a gay bar called the Happy Tap.
“The archbishop has been known to go ‘cruising’ (and I am not referring to the type of cruising one does on a ship in the Caribbean) and, on one occasion, purchased ‘poppers’ (and not the exploding candy preferred by elementary school students) and followed another gentleman to his car for, well, the type of activity that men purchase ‘poppers’ for…,” wrote Jennifer Haselberger, the whistleblower whose allegations prompted Nienstedt’s resignation last summer. In late July, more stories of Nienstedt’s “promiscuous gay lifestyle,” as a fellow priest put it, were released by prosecutors. At the end, as multiple investigations closed in, Nienstedt still stuck to the pattern, claiming both that he was unaware of abusers under his watch and that any accusations of homosexuality were merely retaliation for his anti-gay policies. He had no choice but to double down on denial. [Does it matter whether Archbishop John Nienstedt is gay?]Nienstedt was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Thomas where Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Swain serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee. Close for decades, they are standing together in the front row in the above photo.
The leader of the Roman Church is slowly cleaning house of pederastic predators but is taking heat from Republicans for his stance on curbing human-induced climate change and from progressives for his intent to canonize a colonizer accused of raping children.
South Dakota's Ku Klux Klan "opposed Roman Catholicism because it feared Catholic involvement in politics."
Both South Dakota dioceses are up to their areolae in debt to the white christianic ruling class for covering up crimes committed by pederastic priests where Catholic congregations and the state's legislature have engaged in obstruction of justice for decades. In South Dakota the Roman church has been behind the seizures of hundreds of American Indian children in violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Makes you want to puke, doesn't it?
As lawsuits and the US Department of Justice swamp the Roman church the future of the religious cult isn't looking very rosy.