Pope Praises US Bishops' Response To Abuse, Angering VictimsPope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their "generous commitment'" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits. Addressing church leaders in a prayer service at the Washington cathedral, Francis said they had faced the crisis "without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice."
Diocese Of St. Cloud Facing 2 New Lawsuits Over Sexual Abuse ClaimsThe 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.
Hundreds Of Clergy Abuse Claims Filed In Twin CitiesVictims 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.
Judge Denies Request To Play Abuse Victims Videos In ParishesA judge has denied the request of three clergy abuse victims to show a video in Minnesota parishes urging other victims to disclose alleged abuse.
Lawyer Reveals More Names Of Priests Accused Of AbuseThe 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.
Clergy Abuse Victims Call For Others To Come ForwardThree 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.
Twin Cities Catholics React To The Pope's EncyclicalPope 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.
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Parishioners, Victims React To Archbishop's ResignationParishioners 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.
Pope's Plans On Abuse, Environment Shape US Bishops' MeetingThe 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.
St. Paul Man Pens Song In Honor Of Slain ArchbishopSaturday 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.
Diocese Of New Ulm Releases Names Of 4 Accused PriestsThe 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.