Twin Cities Archbishop Nienstedt: "I'm Not Gay"
Several allegations of sexual misconduct from the mouths of priests and seminarians have led the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul to investigate Archbishop John Nienstedt. Sparked by the investigation into "inappropriate sexual relations," early Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune bluntly asked Nienstedt if he's gay.
Nienstedt said he believed that the investigation involved five allegations of sexual impropriety, including from the time he served in the Detroit Archdiocese in the 1990s.
The allegations were made by priests and seminarians.
The archbishop denied that he was a homosexual or engaged in homosexual acts.
“I’m not gay,” he said. “And I’m not anti-gay.”
When he led the charge for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota in 2012, he said he was only arguing that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
“It wasn’t to put down people with same-sex attractions,” he said.
When asked why Catholic priests and seminarians alleged he had same-sex attraction, Nienstedt responded, “I have no idea.”
“But I made a lot of enemies by the stands I’ve taken in Detroit and here,” he said. “I assume it feeds into that.”
Though science has suggested recently that the most vocal and active homophobes are usually gay and suffering from internalized homophobia themselves, Nienstedt wants us to believe that the "rumors" of his sexuality are simply a matter of retribution. What do you think's going on here, Instincters?