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Harry Flynn, Former Archbishop, Resigns From St. Thomas Board

The retired Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Harry Flynn, has resigned as chair of the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees, the school announced Saturday, becoming the second leader to quit the board of the Roman Catholic school this month amid fresh criticism of their handling of clergy sexual misconduct cases. In a statement Saturday, the school said the board accepted Flynn’s retirement as chair and board member at its regular meeting Thursday. The statement also confirmed the board’s vice chair, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, a former vicar general of the archdiocese, resigned from the board Oct. 4. The statement did not give reasons for Flynn’s or McDonough’s resignation, and university spokesman Doug Hennes declined to comment.

10/19/2013

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Esme’s Blog: A Widening Scandal

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.

10/19/2013

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Good Question: Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween?

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.

10/14/2013

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Nat’l Group Protested Sexual Abuse Outside Archdiocese

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.

10/10/2013

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Task Force Examining Church Has Lawyers, Ex-Cop

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.

10/09/2013

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For Minn. Catholics, Troubling New Abuse Scandal

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.

10/08/2013

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Ex-Employee Calls For Review Of Archdiocese Files

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.

10/05/2013

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Att’y Responds To Latest Allegations Against Catholic Church

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.

10/04/2013

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MN Native, Comedic Catholic Author Is A ‘Saint’ In New Book

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.

09/26/2013

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Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gays

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.

07/29/2013

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Secret Church Documents Show Vatican’s Role In Sex Abuse

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.

07/01/2013

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Catholics Gather For Thanksgiving Mass For New Pope

A silver bell rang inside the Basilica of Saint Mary as part of a mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis.

03/19/2013

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Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected 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.

03/13/2013

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Who Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina’s conservative Catholic church.

03/13/2013

Pope Smoke

UST Professor Comments On Papal Conclave

University of St Thomas Catholic Studies Professor Don Briel talked with Dave Lee on Wednesday morning.

03/13/2013

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St. Thomas Law Prof: Conclave ‘A Delightful, Quirky Tradition’

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.

03/12/2013

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Former La Crosse Bishop Will Vote On Pope

The former bishop of the La Crosse diocese is among the 115 cardinals gathered in Vatican City for their final days of talks before the conclave to elect a new pope.

03/11/2013

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Local Principal Jane Hileman Recognized Nationally

It is refreshing to learn about a successful school at a time when our education system is under such scrutiny.

02/12/2013

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What Happens Now That Pope Benedict Is Stepping Down?

Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 — becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

02/11/2013

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Opinion: Churches Shouldn’t Be The Next Super PACs

It is time to end the tax exempt status of religious organizations that advocated for a partisan candidate.

11/13/2012

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Bachmann, Graves Face Off In 2nd Debate

Michele Bachmann is calling her bid for re-election her toughest race yet. On Thursday, the congresswoman and her DFL challenger Jim Graves faced off in their second debate.

11/01/2012

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Canadian Archbishop Urges Minnesotans: ‘Vote Yes’

A religious leader from Canada visited the Twin Cities Monday to speak out against gay marriage. The Archbishop of Ottawa spoke at the University of St. Thomas, where the Minnesota Catholic Conference is underway.

10/08/2012

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Timing Of ‘Vote Yes’ Ad Signals Close Race

The group working to add a ban on same-sex marriage to the Minnesota Constitution started a television ad campaign across the state on Monday.

10/01/2012

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Esme’s Blog: The Sandusky Verdict

The story has been out there for months, in all its horrifying detail. But somehow those details make it all the more chilling.

06/23/2012

Birth Control, Pills, Yaz, The Pill

Good Question: Why Are Catholics Against Birth Control?

The Obama Administration’s decision to force all employers to provide birth control coverage in their insurance plans, including religious-affiliated institutions like hospitals and universities, is creating incredible controversy.

02/10/2012

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