MINNEAPOLIS - As news develops about the handling of clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the men who take to the pulpit on a regular basis are caught in the middle.
"Some have lost a lot of confidence in our church leadership," said Father Mike Tegeder, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Minneapolis. "You feel kind of betrayed."
Tegeder is no stranger to voicing his critique about the church leadership over the years. Recently he has said Archbishop John Neinstedt should resign.
"There comes a point where you really have to express your deep concerns," he said.
But he's not alone in his critique of the current leadership. A number of other priests have made headlines over the last several weeks publicly voicing their critiques of the archbishop.
"It is highly unusual to have a level of priestly resistance we're seeing here," said Charles Reid, University of St. Thomas professor and expert in Canon law.
He suspects there are more priests than the public knows about who are losing faith in their leadership.
"Priests take a vow of obedience to the bishop. So you're really going against what counts for a lot in the life of the priest," said Reid.
But whether priests are critical of their current leadership or not, Reid believes it is clear many are frustrated with what is happening, and he worries the news of this current scandal will overshadow their great work.
"There are many good men out there who deserve support," said Reid.