Pope Praises US Bishops' Response To Abuse, Angering VictimsPope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their "generous commitment'" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits. Addressing church leaders in a prayer service at the Washington cathedral, Francis said they had faced the crisis "without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice."
Twin Cities Archdiocese Removes 1 Priest, Reinstates AnotherThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is reinstating one priest and removing another from active ministry. Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda said Wednesday the Rev. Joseph Gallatin was removed after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
Archdiocese Puts Priest On Leave After Abuse AllegationThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has put a Roseville priest on leave after receiving what it is calling a credible allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s. The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick is pastor at Corpus Christi parish and St. Rose of Lima parish and school.
Former Archdiocese Employee Files Claim In Bankruptcy CourtA former employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who went public with concerns that clergy sex abuse cases were being mishandled has filed a claim in bankruptcy court.
Judge Won't Extend Deadline For Minnesota Archdiocese ClaimsA federal bankruptcy judge has reaffirmed that victims of clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must file their claims by Monday.
Interim Archbishop Aims To Rebuild Trust In ChurchThe scandal-rocked Twin Cities archdiocese has a new leader, and he's wasting no time in signaling a dramatically different tone than his predecessor. In an one-on-one interview Friday, interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda said there can be no tolerance of sex abuse in 2015.
A Look At Key Archdiocese Leaders, How They Handled WehmeyerWhen Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last week as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he'd "allow the facts to lead the way" in his ongoing investigation into an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.
Interim Head Of Archdiocese Meets With Minnesota PriestsThe man named interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the wake of John Nienstedt's resignation has met with Catholic priests in the state.
Parishioners, Victims React To Archbishop's ResignationParishioners leaving morning mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul have mixed feelings about the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Bishop Lee Anthony Piche. Nienstedt announced his resignation Monday, along with that of Piche.
Questions, Answers On Minnesota Archdiocese Legal CaseMinnesota prosecutors have taken legal action against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing church leaders of failing to protect children from an abusive priest. The case includes criminal charges as well as a civil petition that asks the court to order the archdiocese to restrain from its alleged behavior. Some questions and answers about the case:
Ramsey Co. Att'y Charges Archdiocese With Failing To Protect ChildrenThe Ramsey County Attorney's office filed criminal charges Friday against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect children. County Attorney John Choi is accusing the archdiocese of causing "unspeakable harm to three young sexual abuse victims."
Judge Criticizes Archdiocese For Relying On Legal NoticesA federal judge has criticized the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for relying on legal notices to inform sex-abuse victims about an impending deadline for filing claims.