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."
A Look At Key Archdiocese Leaders, How They Handled WehmeyerWhen Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last week as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he'd "allow the facts to lead the way" in his ongoing investigation into an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.
Interim Head Of Archdiocese Meets With Minnesota PriestsThe man named interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the wake of John Nienstedt's resignation has met with Catholic priests in the state.
Questions, Answers On Minnesota Archdiocese Legal CaseMinnesota prosecutors have taken legal action against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing church leaders of failing to protect children from an abusive priest. The case includes criminal charges as well as a civil petition that asks the court to order the archdiocese to restrain from its alleged behavior. Some questions and answers about the case:
Judge Allows Public Nuisance Claims Against New Ulm DioceseA judge says three people who claim they were sexually abused by priests can proceed with public nuisance claims against the Diocese of New Ulm in southern Minnesota. Brown County District Court Judge Robert Docherty dismissed some counts in the two lawsuits in a ruling dated March 27. But he ruled the public nuisance claims can go forward.
Minnesota Priest Who Molested Boys Removed From PriesthoodPope Francis has removed from the priesthood a former St. Paul priest who pleaded guilty in Minnesota to molesting two boys. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese announced the Vatican's action against Curtis Wehmeyer on Wednesday.
Churchgoers Brace After Archdiocese's Chapter 11 FilingFollowing 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.
Twin Cities Archdiocese, Vatican Accused Of Destroying Priest Child Porn TapesThere 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.
Deacon Re-Instated After No Validity Found In Abuse AllegationsA 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 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.
Minnesota Archbishop Won't Resign Amid CriticismThe 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.
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