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:
Ramsey Co. Att'y Charges Archdiocese With Failing To Protect ChildrenThe 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."
Judge Criticizes Archdiocese For Relying On Legal NoticesA 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.
Federal Judge Rules Church Abuse Victims Have Until August To File ClaimsPeople who were abused by priests and haven't come forward may now have less time to do so. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled victims will have until Aug. 3 to file claims.
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.
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.
St. Paul Archdiocese Sues Insurance CompaniesThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is suing 20 insurance companies to try to force them to cover its liabilities for clergy sex abuse claims. The carriers provided liability coverage to the archdiocese going back to the late 1940s through 1986.
Archdiocese Reports Roughly $9M Deficit For 2014The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and said Thursday that it is considering filing for bankruptcy as its financial condition has become more uncertain due to the growing potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse.
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.
Twin Cities Archdiocese Shaving $5M Off BudgetAfter 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.
Archdiocese Releases Names Of 17 Accused PriestsThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 17 additional priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.
Minnesota Still Investigating 3 Priest Abuse CasesA Minnesota prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges in seven cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving eight Catholic priests, but St. Paul police are investigating three other cases. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says that one of the three still under investigation is likely to lead to prosecution, without giving details.
Bankruptcy May Be Archdiocese's Solution For Abuse SettlementsAfter a historic settlement in clergy sex abuse lawsuits in Minnesota, now the question becomes how the Catholic Church will pay for it. The exact amount of the settlement has been kept confidential, but experts say it could cost the Archdiocese tens of millions of dollars.
Judge OKs 'Monumental' Settlement In Minn. Church Abuse Case A Minnesota judge signed off on a settlement Monday in a groundbreaking case that accused Catholic church leaders in Minnesota of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. Ramsey County Judge James Van De North approved the settlement after meeting with both sides Monday, said Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the plaintiffs.
Victims' Group Applauds Man Who Sued Church A support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is applauding a man who pursued a public nuisance claim against church leaders in Minnesota.