St. John’s Abbey Church stands unchanged on the campus of St. John’s University. But within the walls, there is a shift in leadership. Father Tom Andert — the monastery’s prior, or second in command — stepped aside for now following accusations he molested a former student.
The 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.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s office filed criminal charges Friday against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect children. County Attorney John Choi is accusing the archdiocese of causing “unspeakable harm to three young sexual abuse victims.”
A federal judge has criticized the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for relying on legal notices to inform sex-abuse victims about an impending deadline for filing claims.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Retired Twin Cities Archbishop Harry Flynn says he can’t remember how he handled clergy sex abuse cases during his 13-year tenure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.