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Nienstedt: Bishops have failed

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Dec 15, 2013 at 8:32 am

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt says Catholic bishops have failed in their response to the clergy-abuse crisis.

A Minneapolis Public Radio report says the comments are part of prepared remarks Nienstedt is scheduled to give during a Sunday homily in Edina.

The comments come a few weeks the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of abusive priests in response to a court order. The list named 34 priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

Nienstedt is expected to apologize to parishioners "for the indignation that you justifiably feel. You deserve better."

But he also defends his response, saying most of the abuse took place decades ago. He acknowledges that it still doesn't excuse the actions or diminish the harm, but it does indicate progress is being made.

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