Catholic Charities USA

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Michael Kolar, former priest, tells of the sexual abuse he gave and received in new documents

    "What began so innocently has ended in a Holocaust, and I have learned more in 3 years than one possibly learns in 90." So wrote a young woman in a 1979 letter that is perhaps the most haunting piece of evidence yet against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. See also:Jennifer Haselber ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2012

    Chris LaRiche seduces immigrants with lies

    He offered empty promises but had secrets of his own

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Five ways to put food on the table for local charities at Thanksgiving

    Many charities are feeding folks at Thanksgiving.​While many of us enjoy the warmth of family and overindulging in a huge meal on Thanksgiving, some other folks are not as fortunate. However, there are ways you can help to make the holiday better for those in need -- by volunteering, collecting fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    John Nienstedt's anti-gay marriage crusade draws another protest

    John Nienstedt: Protest comes to the archbishop.​Two projects have now sprung up to slap "Return to Sender" on Archbishop John Nienstedt's mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay marriage DVDs to Catholics in the Twin Cities. launched on Monday, after Lucinda Naylor set up DVD to Ar ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    Living on the streets of Minneapolis for a week

    More than 9,000 Minnesotans are homeless. I decided to join them.

  • News

    November 19, 2008

    Reunited Somali families stranded after crackdowns

    Feds making family reunions not so sweet

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008
  • News

    May 14, 2008

    Convention Fact Check

    Rumors and Realities

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008
  • News

    February 7, 2007

    Room at the Inn

    Why does a housing program for the chronically homeless have trouble using up its vouchers?

  • Columns

    June 28, 2006

    I'd Rather Kiss a Wookie

    Will someone please tell JoJo that the world is a greedy, vicious place?

  • News

    November 30, 2005

    Sgt. Briggs's War

    Bob Briggs got a head full of shrapnel in Iraq. Then he came home to more wars: to regain the use of his half-paralyzed body, and to get the U.S. government to pay for his medical care.

  • News

    March 23, 2005

    The Big Payback

    A small town learns the cost of social engineering

  • News

    April 14, 2004

    Hit the Road, Juan

    Why is Montgomery, Minnesota, dislocating Latino residents?

  • News

    May 28, 2003

    Something for the Little People

    The Twin Cities-based Northwest Area Foundation has a $450 million endowment to use on charitable programs. So why has it been nearly invisible for years?

  • Books

    September 26, 2001


    Westside, 1947-2001

  • News

    May 16, 2001

    Street Fighting Man

    neighborhood prophet or capitalist pariah. basim sabri doesn't care what people think of him--as long as they stay out of his way.

  • News

    October 25, 2000

    Sick and Tired

    A tragic accident, underpaid, overworked personal-care attendants, and one pissed-off patient

  • News

    March 8, 2000

    Living Against the Law

    Public camping has been prohibited in Minneapolis for years. Trouble is, for Westside and Chris, Little John and Gnat, there's no place else like home.

  • Books

    December 16, 1998

    Insecurity Blanket

    Hennepin County asks homeless men to make themselves uncomfortable

  • Books

    August 5, 1998

    The Great TP War

    During his stay at a Catholic Charities boardinghouse, Greg Scott complained about everything from bathroom tissue to medication practices. And he's not done yet.

  • Feature

    July 1, 1998
  • News

    October 8, 1997

    Mother Superior

    The terrible compassion of Mary Jo Copeland.

  • News

    September 3, 1997

    Ground Zero

    Wedged between Target Center, the freeway, and the garbage incinerator, Currie Avenue is the terminal station for the city's unwanted.

  • News

    June 25, 1997

    Food Fight

    Minneapolis's House of Charity Food Centre says meals like this one--consisting of franks and chips--are an anomaly. But the soup kitchen's clients say the food doesn't meet minimum standards.

  • News

    June 19, 1996


    How do you solve a problem as intractable as homelessness?