What exactly is the standard in the Catholic Church these days? Among the lurid revelations in the past few weeks there is one that I keep coming back to. It is not the most graphic, but it is one that those at the highest levels of the Archdiocese knew about.
This Halloween, families are expected to spend nearly $8 billion celebrating the holiday. That’s a 50 percent jump since just 2005. And a lot of the money is going to costumes. Americans spend about a $1 billion on children’s costumes each year, and another $1.2 billion on adult costumes. How it all got started dates back to the Middle Ages. For the folks at the Theatrical Costume Rental in Minneapolis, 20 percent of their yearly business is done during the month of October. Duck Dynasty, What Does the Fox Say and Jack Sparrow are just a few popular costumes this year.
A national group of victims of sexual abuse by priests protested outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday. The demonstrators spoke out against the new panel the archdiocese has created, to investigate abuse allegations.
The head of a task force that will review issues related to clergy sexual misconduct in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is expected to announce more details about the group.
When Jennifer Haselberger uncovered what looked like recent, troubling sexual behavior by several Minnesota priests — a stash of possible child pornography on one priest’s computer hard drive, another with a well-documented history of sexual compulsion still leading a parish — she tried to ring alarm bells at the top ranks of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese.
A former Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis employee is calling for a “comprehensive, external review” of priest files. Jennifer Haselberger released a statement Saturday asking Archbishop John Nienstedt to publicize a list of clergy who have engaged in acts of sexual misconduct, as well as those who could pose a threat to children. Haselberger worked at the archdiocese from 2008 to last April, when she resigned because of concerns about the way sexual abuse allegations were handled.
The top deputy at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis resigned Thursday amid fresh criticism of how top church officials handled cases of priests accused of sexual abuse.
St. Paul native and popular author Lino Rulli – who’s also a former WCCO-TV reporter – has a new book out. It’s called “Saint” and it’s another serving of Rulli’s humorous and irreverent take on religion and the Catholic Church. Rulli’s ability to make people laugh while talking about God has taken him far. He went from having a cable show in the Twin Cities, to reporting at WCCO, to his current job for the past seven years hosting a national daily Sirius radio show.
Pope Francis said today, he won’t judge clergy for their sexual orientation, and that he will not judge anyone gay who is searching for the Lord. The Pope also said he believes women should play a greater role in the church.
Attorneys said 6,000 pages of secret church documents reveal in detail the Vatican’s role in child sex abuse cases. St. Paul-based attorney Jeff Anderson said the letters show an elaborate abuse cover-up in Milwaukee from the 1950s through today.
A silver bell rang inside the Basilica of Saint Mary as part of a mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina’s conservative Catholic church.
University of St Thomas Catholic Studies Professor Don Briel talked with Dave Lee on Wednesday morning.
Cardinals have filed into the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope amid deep divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church.