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Clergy Abuse Victims Call For Others To Come Forward

Three victims of clergy abuse have made a video appeal for other victims to come forward. An attorney for victims is asking a judge to order the video be played in all 216 Minnesota parishes on Sunday, July 12.

06/29/2015

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Twin Cities Catholics React To The Pope’s Encyclical

Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si” Thursday, and Minnesota Catholics are starting to weigh in on the document. Jason Adkins is the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference. During a round table discussion Thursday, he says there was a lot of talk about what the pope is asking of people.

06/18/2015

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Parishioners, Victims React To Archbishop’s Resignation

Parishioners 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.

06/15/2015

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Pope’s Plans On Abuse, Environment Shape US Bishops’ Meeting

The U.S. bishops’ point-person on the environment defended Pope Francis’ plan to issue a high-level teaching document next week on ecology and climate change, saying Wednesday that global warming was the result of moral failings that the Roman Catholic Church has a duty to address.

06/10/2015

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St. Paul Man Pens Song In Honor Of Slain Archbishop

Saturday is the beatification of El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, a man who moved a Minnesotan to song. Rob Hahn of St. Paul was taking a theology class at the University of Notre Dame when he learned about Romero, a champion of civil rights, who was shot and killed in 1980 while conducting mass.

05/23/2015

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Diocese Of New Ulm Releases Names Of 4 Accused Priests

The Diocese of New Ulm has released the names of four priests accused of sexual abuse. St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson says that, of the four named, one has to his knowledge not been publicly named before — Father Dennis Becker.

03/13/2015

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Twin Cities Catholics Mark The Start Of Lent

It was packed inside St Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis on Ash Wednesday during the noon mass — with Catholics marking the beginning of Lent. Father Patrick Kennedy says the ashes given on this day represent the fragility of life. “The ashes are a symbol of actually dying,” Kennedy said.

02/18/2015

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Attorney Releases Names Of 17 Clergy Accused Of Sex Abuse

An attorney has released the names of 17 clergy members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct with a minor in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson said Wednesday the clergy were identified in notice of claims submitted to the archdiocese and its insurance carriers.

02/11/2015

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Churchgoers Brace After Archdiocese’s Chapter 11 Filing

Following the news that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy, dozens of parishes across the Twin Cities are now bracing for the worst. Archbishop John Nienstedt made the announcement on Friday. He claimed filing for Chapter 11 reorganization would not hurt local churches.

01/19/2015

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Archdiocese Of St. Paul & Minneapolis Files For Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it’s the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.

01/16/2015

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Divide Among Attorneys, Victim Groups Over Church Bankruptcy

Some attorneys and victims groups are reacting differently to a bankruptcy filing by Minnesota’s largest Catholic archdiocese. Mike Finnegan is an attorney for a law firm that repeatedly sued the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese for abuse victims. His firm is now working with it on child protection issues. Finnegan says the filing won’t stop scrutiny.

01/16/2015

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Woman Speaks Out About Alleged Abuse At Priest’s Hand

A woman who says she was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic Priest told her story openly and shared her name for the first time on Monday. Marie Mielke said Father Michael Keating sexually abused her beginning when she was 12 years old back in the late 1990s.

01/12/2015

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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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