ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign despite criticism over the archdiocese's handling of sexual abuse claims involving priests.
Archbishop John Nienstedt says in a column to appear in Thursday's archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit, that he is bound to stay in office as long as Pope Francis wants.
Nienstedt says he'll continue to apply the hard lessons he's learned over the past months.
He says he's never knowingly covered up clergy sexual abuse. He says he's created a new leadership team that puts victims first. And he maintains he's always been honest with Catholics of the archdiocese.
Nienstedt says he hopes to win back trust.