- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A longtime critic of Archbishop John Nienstedt says he hopes parishioners in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will see the archbishop’s resignation as a sign of hope that change is possible.

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis has accepted Nienstedt’s resignation along with that of Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche (pish-AY’). The archdiocese was recently charged with ignoring reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys.

For the past two years, Rev. Michael Tegeder, of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Minneapolis, has called for Nienstedt to step down at various meetings with archdiocesan priests. Tegeder says it’s time to pick up the pieces, find a new direction and begin to rebuild credibility.

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