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Suit: Crosiers Hid Priest’s Past, Created Nuisance

A lawsuit filed Thursday by four men who say they were molested by a priest in the 1970s claims a Catholic order created a public nuisance when it failed to warn families that the priest could pose a risk. It was one of two lawsuits filed Thursday in Minnesota against the Crosier Fathers and Brothers and the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, who worked in suburban Minneapolis, among other places, and has admitted to abusing minors.

11/20/2014

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Twin Cities Archdiocese Shaving $5M Off Budget

After a year filled with scrutiny and scandal, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says cuts are coming. The archdiocese will cut more than $5 million, or about 20 percent from its budget.

11/09/2014

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Nienstedt Testimony Contradicts 6-Year-Old Letters

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.”

10/23/2014

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Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Resigns From St. Thomas

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.

09/18/2014

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Judge Splits Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Into 2 Phases

A judge has split an upcoming clergy sex abuse trial against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona into two separate phases.

09/15/2014

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Diocese Defends Record After Lawyer Releases Names

The Diocese of New Ulm is defending its record, one day after a plaintiff’s attorney released the names of eight priests whom he alleged had been “credibly accused” of molesting minors.

08/05/2014

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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.

07/31/2014

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Minnesota Archbishop Won’t Resign Amid Criticism

The 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.

07/30/2014

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Winona Diocese Releases Priest Abuse Details

The Diocese of Winona released details Monday about 14 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, calling their decision an effort to be transparent and promote healing. The information shows when church officials first learned of allegations against each priest. And, it shows that some clergy were allowed to remain in ministry for years, even decades, after those allegations came to light.

06/23/2014

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Retired Archbishop Can’t Remember How He Handled Sex Abuse Cases

Retired Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn says he can’t remember how he handled clergy sex abuse cases during his 13-year tenure.

06/04/2014

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Former Church Official Suggested Archbishop Should Resign

Newly released records show the man who was second in charge to Archbishop John Nienstedt had urged him to step down during the investigation of sexual abuse in the church.

05/28/2014

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Abuse Task Force Recommends Archdiocese Changes

Findings released from the Twin Cities Catholic Archdiocese internal task force said “serious shortcomings” were found in the way the Archdiocese handled complaints of sexual abuse. The task force, which was commissioned by the archdiocese and was formed last October, recommended several changes Monday.

04/14/2014

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1 Church Diocese Sues Another Over Accused Priest

In a rare move, the Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese, alleging it sent a priest to Minnesota without warning about past accusations of sexual abuse. A report says the lawsuit is against the Diocese of Clogher in Ireland and the Servants of the Paraclete religious order.

03/27/2014

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Mpls. Man Charged In Nat’l Online Child Porn Ring

A Minneapolis man is among those busted in what is being called one of the largest child pornography busts in history. The Department of Homeland Security has been watching an underground ring and its members over the past year. They say a dozen of the victims are from Minnesota.

03/19/2014

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Blue Earth Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Case

A Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother’s home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He’ll be sentenced March 31.

03/18/2014

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Inmates Seek Release Amid Sex Offender Program Controversy

In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.

03/17/2014

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St. Cloud Diocese Releases More Priests’ Names

The Archdiocese of St. Cloud has released the names of four priests who have had substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors in the past. A court order issued earlier required the release of the names of all local priests accused of abusing children since 2004.

03/14/2014

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Minnesota Man Wins New Trial In Sex Abuse Case

The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Minnesota man who had been convicted of sexual abuse of a girl in Knoxville in 2012.

02/05/2014

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No Charges Against Archdiocese In Minn. Church Abuse

Ramsey County authorities will not be charging the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its handling of the case of a priest who was later convicted of sexually abusing two children.

01/29/2014

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Fmr. Twin Cities Priest Shares Insight On Catholic Church Scandal

Former priest Tom Esch believes it was a courageous move for Archbishop John Nienstedt to apologize to parishioners at Our Lady of Grace church last weekend.

12/22/2013

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Charges: Self-Proclaimed Pastor Raped 2 Girls For Years

A self-proclaimed pastor is charged with raping two girls for years, from the time when one was 6 and continuing into her early teens, court documents show.

12/12/2013

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New Ulm Diocese Sued For List Of Accused Priests

A man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest in Granite Falls is suing the Diocese of New Ulm and the Servants of the Paraclete to force the release of their lists of clerics accused of molesting children. The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the diocese and religious order were negligent.

12/12/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The First Step For The Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced a list of 34 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse earlier this week. Critics said more names should have been on that list, that the Archdiocese was forced to release the names and that without a court order they would not have done so.

12/07/2013

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Victim Advocates Seek More Data On Accused Clergy

Advocates for victims of sexual abuse by clergy said Friday they will continue to push for more information about priests who have been accused of molesting children, and they hope the recent disclosure of a list of accused priests in the Twin Cities archdiocese will lead to similar ones being produced around the state.

12/06/2013

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Breck Settles Suit Over Ex-Teacher’s Sex Abuse

A man who claimed he was sexually abused by a former teacher at Breck School in the 1970s has settled his lawsuit with the school. Richard Covin was a student at Breck when he says William Jacobs abused him.

12/03/2013

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