The Diocese of St. Cloud will soon be facing new legal charges over allegations of sexual abuse. Two unidentified women say they were abused as minors in Randall, Minnesota by Father Donald Rieder, a 40-year priest with the church.
Victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have filed more than 400 claims against the archdiocese in federal bankruptcy court, according to attorneys for victims and the archdiocese. The claims were filed by Monday, the deadline imposed by the bankruptcy court.
A judge has denied the request of three clergy abuse victims to show a video in Minnesota parishes urging other victims to disclose alleged abuse.
The effort to reach more victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic church is stepping up. Lawyer Jeff Anderson revealed Tuesday more names of clergy who he says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 17 additional priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.
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.
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.
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.