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St. Paul Archdiocese Sues Insurance Companies

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is suing 20 insurance companies to try to force them to cover its liabilities for clergy sex abuse claims. The carriers provided liability coverage to the archdiocese going back to the late 1940s through 1986.

11/25/2014

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Twin Cities Archdiocese, Vatican Accused Of Destroying Priest Child Porn Tapes

There are new allegations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis destroyed as many as five suspected child porn videos — and that the Vatican knew what happened. This latest allegation involving the Twin Cities Catholic Church comes as a direct result of a landmark agreement between the church and victims. The agreement has resulted in more names of priests, suspected of sexual abuse against a minor, being released.

11/13/2014

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Deacon Re-Instated After No Validity Found In Abuse Allegations

A Catholic deacon removed from the ministry during a sexual abuse investigation has been reinstated. An investigation was re-opened last June into whether Deacon Joseph Damiani had sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago.

10/26/2014

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Nienstedt Testimony Contradicts 6-Year-Old Letters

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s testimony about when he knew about an abusive priest contradicts information in letters he exchanged with a parishioner six years ago. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Nienstedt made a false statement when he testified on April 2 that he learned about the prior conviction of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson “during the last six months.”

10/23/2014

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Archdiocese Releases Names Of 17 Accused Priests

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 17 additional priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.

10/23/2014

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Hopes Of Catholic Church Reform Rise After Deal

The landmark clergy abuse settlement announced Monday buoyed hopes for reform in Minnesota’s Catholic church, but it leaves unanswered questions about what comes next for survivors, church finances and future transparency. The settlement was the result of a novel lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona from nationally prominent clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson.

10/17/2014

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Archbishop Nienstedt Asks For Gay Music Director’s Resignation

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner. Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.

09/23/2014

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Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Resigns From St. Thomas

A priest and full-time faculty member of the University of St. Thomas has announced he will resign from his position in the school’s department of Catholic studies. The university announced Father Michael Keating’s resignation Thursday morning.

09/18/2014

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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.

07/31/2014

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Minnesota Archbishop Won’t Resign Amid Criticism

The Roman Catholic 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 made his comments in in a column that will appear in Thursday’s archdiocese newspaper, The Catholic Spirit.

07/30/2014

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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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Should Archbishop Nienstedt Step Down During Investigation?

The fallout continues Wednesday over the news that Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation for sexual misconduct. While the archbishop denies the allegations, the Twin Cities Archdiocese says it has hired an outside firm to investigate the claims.

07/02/2014

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Fire In Minn. Church Reveals Exquisite Mural

A church fire in southwestern Minnesota revealed a surprise that members are now working to restore. Flames and plumes of smoke were pouring out of St. Gabriel’s Church in Fulda when firefighters arrived in April.

06/20/2014

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Fmr. Minn. Priest Admits To Decades Of Sexual Abuse

A videotaped deposition of a former Minnesota priest shows him calmly describing graphic sexual encounters with at least ten boys. The deposition of former priest Thomas Adamson is the latest in a series released as the result of a lawsuit against him by a man who says he was abused as a boy in the mid-70s.

06/11/2014

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Victims’ Lawyer Seeks Electronic Data From Church

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking a judge in St. Paul to order church officials to turn over electronic data on accused priests — such as emails, texts and data on hard drives.

06/10/2014

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