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Archdiocese Of St. Paul And Minneapolis

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Archbishop Nienstedt Denies Allegations: ‘I Am Not Bigoted’

The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign and insists the Church has turned a corner with new policies to better address allegations of sexual abuse by priests. You can watch the entirety of Esme Murphy’s interview with the archbishop here.

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Archdiocese To Seek Dismissal Of Abuse Lawsuit

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis return to court Monday to ask a judge to dismiss a clergy sex abuse lawsuit that’s already forced painful revelations about how top church officials handled allegations of misconduct by priests.

07/21/2014

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Document: Archdiocese Considered Silencing Priest

A canon lawyer who became a whistleblower against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says church officials considered silencing a critic by declaring him to be disabled.

07/15/2014

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Judge To Later Rule On Priests’ Electronic Data

A Ramsey County judge said Wednesday that he wants more information before deciding whether the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota must turn over electronic data, such as emails, texts and hard drive information, on priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Attorneys for victims are seeking the electronic files as part of a lawsuit that claims the archdiocese created a public nuisance by keeping secret the names of accused priests.

06/25/2014

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Attorneys Seek Electronic Data On Accused Priests

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking the church to turn over electronic files about accused priests — so they can verify who had information about these priests, and when they had it.

06/25/2014

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Priest Allowed To Be Around Kids After Complaints

A priest accused of molesting boys says leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis allowed him to remain around kids for decades — even though parents complained about his conduct. Attorneys for a man who claims he was abused by the Rev. Jerome Kern released documents in the case Tuesday, including a sworn deposition in which Kern says he wrestled with kids and horsed around, but didn’t think his actions were inappropriate.

06/24/2014

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Church Restricts Priest’s Ministry After Review

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has restricted the ministry of a priest who has been on a leave of absence during a review of clergy files. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he’s limited the Rev. Joseph Gallatin’s ministry so he won’t be involved with minors.

06/22/2014

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St. Louis Archdiocese Condemns Reports On Carlson

The St. Louis Archdiocese on Wednesday condemned some media portrayals of Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition in a Minnesota lawsuit over alleged abuse by priests, saying “inaccurate and misleading” reporting has prompted unfair criticism of him.

06/11/2014

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Church Discloses Names Of 5 More Accused Of Abuse

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has added five names to its list of priests and religious brothers with substantiated claims of abuse against them. The names include three priests and two brothers who served in the archdiocese. All are deceased. In all cases, the abuse happened over 25 years ago.

05/22/2014

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5 Priests’ Files Released In Alleged Sexual Abuse Case; New Lawsuit Filed

More information on members of the clergy accused of sexually abusing children was released on Monday.

05/19/2014

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Archbishop Deposition On Abuse Made Public

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests have released the deposition of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt to the public.

04/22/2014

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Fmr. Archdiocese’s Vicar General Faces Deposition

For years, Father Kevin McDonough was in charge of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ internal investigations into abuse claims. Now, a wave of new claims that the church mishandled and covered up abuse for decades has raised questions about McDonough’s actions.

04/16/2014

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Abuse Task Force Recommends Archdiocese Changes

Findings released from the Twin Cities Catholic Archdiocese internal task force said “serious shortcomings” were found in the way the Archdiocese handled complaints of sexual abuse. The task force, which was commissioned by the archdiocese and was formed last October, recommended several changes Monday.

04/14/2014

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Archdiocese: Archbishop Cooperated With Deposition

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis is disputing the suggestion that Archbishop John Nienstedt didn’t cooperate fully with a court-ordered deposition. Nienstedt was deposed Wednesday over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.

04/03/2014

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Ramsey Co. Reopens Cases Against Archbishop Nienstedt And Fmr. Priest

Prosecutors say they want St. Paul Police to reopen a sexual abuse case against Archbishop John Nienstedt, but not because of any new evidence. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office told WCCO that it doesn’t want reports from the Nienstedt case being made public yet because of other elements that need to be investigated. They say those other elements don’t have anything to do with the archbishop.

03/26/2014

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