Star-Tribune photo: current Minnesota cleric Bernie Hebda and former clergyman John Nienstedt
After being censured for sexual contact with a minor John Nienstedt was driven from the St. Paul Diocese and now lives in California. Nienstedt was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Thomas where former Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Swain serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee. The Minnesota cleric with intimate ties to Swain is said to have frequented a gay bar called the Happy Tap.
Every year, the bishops of the dioceses of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota attend a spiritual retreat together so during one of those sleepovers Swain led a prayer service reacting to the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States upholding marriage equality. "We do not judge anyone," Swain said. "Judgment is to be left to god."
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 sermonizers 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. South Dakota's legislature is hiding clergy crimes but Minnesota has been prosecuting pederastic prelates.
Makes you want to puke, doesn't it?
The leader of the Roman Church is slowly cleaning house of predators but is taking heat from Republicans for his stance on curbing human-induced climate change and from progressives for his decision to canonize a colonizer accused of raping children. As lawsuits and the US Department of Justice swamp the Roman church the future of the religious cult isn't looking very rosy.
The international crime syndicate that is the Roman Catholic Church is funneling money from parishes and paying settlements or hush money for the sins of predatory priests.
Minnesota's Roman Catholic bishops said Wednesday that they will allow Masses to resume next week despite Gov. Tim Walz's continued prohibition on most religious gatherings. [Minnesota Public Radio]
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