John R. Gaydos
Bishop — Jefferson City, Mo.
denomination we find a Church Mouse
Network: a cadre of unobtrusive,
powerless observers (and the occasional
mean-spirited busybody) with actual
insight and information about the in-
bred institutional management that
they serve. The primary reason for
this benevolent, and sometimes divisive,
demeanor is that church leaders tend
to believe that thy are always correct
in their facts due to Divine Intervention;
and this attitude is nurtured among
those admitted to a casual, but
designated order of servitude.
Within the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis this Church Mouse Network is busy deciphering and broadcasting the antics of your pal, the archbishop. And one of the unspoken aspects of the
sorry saga of John Clayton Nienstedt is the circuitous route this clergyman has taken to arrive at this point in the fourth decade
of the child sexual molestation scandal of the Twin Cities.
John C. Nienstedt
He is a self-assured operative who
seemed predestined to return home
as the leader of the Michigan church
after his journey in the wilderness of
New Ulm. Unfortunately for Nienstedt,
the Michigan archdiocese is now
run by another Detroit alumnus:
Allen H. Vigneron.
Nienstedt began his career in 1977 as
secretary to John Francis Cardinal
Dearden. Edmund Cardinal Szoka
employed Nienstedt as vicar general (1979-1980) and acquiesced two years later to a Vatican request to transfer the Twin Cities church leader to the office of Secretary of State (1980-1987). Within a decade, Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida (1990-2009), promoted Nienstedt to become an auxiliary bishop for Detroit
(12 June 1996), marked by the approval Szoka, who participated
in his protégé’s consecration at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in midtown-Detroit. Six months later Vigneron joined the Purple Gang management team, also consecrated by Maida
the Terri Schiavo family.
In 2007, Nienstedt was promoted to run the Twin Cities as
co-adjutor and successor to Harry J. Flynn. He continued
to be a man consumed by the same self-interests of his New Ulm salad days. But now he is an unindicted co-conspirator in the child molestation cover-up that has infested the Minnesota branch of the Roman Catholic Church.
Criminal Minds: Harry J. Flynn and John C. Clayton, in reality, have been
exposed as crime bosses as details of their actions to abort justice and protect
pedophile priests continue to dribble into the public domain.
Buried beneath this scandal is the fact that he was well aware of transfer pedophile priests from New Ulm — Diocese of New Ulm:
44 percent of the parishes were served by sexual offenders — to the Twin Cities. Working in concert with Archbishop Flynn and his Vicar General, Kevin McDonough, this trio of clergymen worked extremely hard to protect New Ulm child predators like Robert P. Clark and Anthony N. Plathe.
Finn — Nienstedt began a campaign to stigmatize segments
of the community — from women who work to the Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender community. His politicization of the church also led to budgeting hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat marriage equality, harass the state legislature, and compromise
the police in any number of the criminal sexual conduct cases involving the pedophile priests he employs.
Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop — Detroit, Mich.
Bishop — Oakland, Calif.
ever in his line of sight — when the time
came for the promotion Nienstedt sought,
the Priest Senate in Detroit archdiocese
canvassed its membership, who declined
the approval of their former comrade.
The Vatican, in turn, tapped Vigneron,
who took over the leadership on 5 January
2009, following his own contentious tenure
in Oakland, Calif.: political action against
marriage equality and other measures that
he personally finds offensive rather than
prayer and good counsel to support
Allen H. Vigneron also likes to party, hosting the annual Archbishop’s Gala in much the same way that Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell liked to showboat in Palm Beach with his annual
golf tournament known as the Bishop’s Cup. Vigneron also
likes to dress up in satin and lace just like his buddy Burke.
A harbinger of Nienstedt’s fate to come or a just another Marie Antoinette fantasy?
in 2009 to Chicago as successor to Francis Cardinal George, according to a number of insiders with ties to the Minneapolis-
St. Paul church.
Detroit’s Purple Gang 20114: Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida, Edmund Casimir
Cardinal Szoka , and Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron gathered together to
host the 14th Annual Archbishop’s Gala, 8 June 2011.
We can only wonder if Bishop Thomas Gumbleton played a role in this turn of events despite the disadvantage to the Minnesota church. And, yet, the Detroit clergymen may now recognize their mistake in thinking was Vigneron is the better choice due to the fact that he operates in the same political sphere at Nienstedt, Burke, and Co.
Nienstedt may want to
review the career of
Birgit Nilsson before
was just as bitter: no one advised them in advance that they would be seen in public
and appropriate shoes are necessary for
the three-hour affair.
a lovely, down-to-earth woman, believed
in the power of comfortable shoes. A
Wagnerian singer needs a voice that will
carry over a large orchestra, stamina to sing for four hours at a stretch, and an understanding of the complexities of Wagner’s music, according to Nilsson had these and so much more.
On repeated occasions, she remarked that the most important
thing for singing Wagner was a pair of comfortable shoes, and in a performance of Siegfried, she wore a “Do Not Disturb” sign when Siegfried goes to wake her from her magic sleep. One of my favorite quotes of hers was when someone commented how down-to-earth she was, to which she replied it was so that “when you
fall down, it won’t hurt so much.”
$2.5 million to refurbish the pipe organ
of the mother church.
Rev. John L. Ubel
James and Marilyn Biery now reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, where he is Minister of Music at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Presbyterian) in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Since the Bierys departure, Nienstedt has tried to rebuild what he destroyed due to his own liturgical self-interest. He has not been happy with changes he has wrought.
Rev. Joseph R. Johnson
but that the bookkeeping and account balance are off.”
safely say that money always trumps
the safety of children where church
leadership is concerned.