Archbishop Nienstedt attends support group meeting for clergy sex abuse survivors

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MINNEAPOLIS — A support group for victims of clergy sex abuse has been given the opportunity to heal through a meeting with the archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

About 25 people, including victims and family members, attended the gathering at a Wayzata library on Saturday. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1ofKav5 ) reports Archbishop John Nienstedt listened to the victims' stories and gained perspective on the impact of abuse. One member of the support group stressed the importance of continuing psychological care for survivors.

The state's Catholic leader said he will consider the support group members' suggestions as the church moves forward.

The former director of the Minnesota chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests invited the archbishop to the meeting after he asked permission from members of the support group.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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