The law firm of Jeff Anderson deposed Archbishop John Nienstedt on Wednesday, marking the first time the head holy man has been forced to answer questions about sexual abuse allegations during his seven-year reign over the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Anderson's firm is tight-lipped a ... More >>
One man's journey from priest to sex-abuse scandal whistleblower
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today released the names of men who are suspected of sexual abuse between the mid 1950s and '80s, vowing to make the revelations a standard practice while withholding details of the allegations."This is a tragedy that has caused insufferable harm to victim ... More >>
Sen. Dan Hall, R-Bloomington, took heat last summer when he suggested gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic.SEE ALSO: Mel Gibson bops around the Twin Cities, asks women to take their shirts off [PHOTOS] Many months later, he's still as anti-gay-marriage as ever, but now he's making his case by sug ... More >>
But increasingly, his flock of Minnesota Catholics isn't following
Darwin Schauer worked for eight years as a lay pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George, Minnesota, a small community southwest of Bemidji. He did so despite the fact that district leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod knew he was convicted in 1983 of sexual abuse of a minor.Schauer, ... More >>
"Benny, I heard something bad about you." "Ditto." Somehow Michele Bachmann managed to find a church that's too crazy even for her.The Bachmanns filed to quit as members of Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater just six days before she officially announced she was running for president. That cynica ... More >>
Tim and Mary Pawlenty on the Christian Broadcasting Network earlier this year.All his tack-to-the-hard right rhetoric with right wing Christian TV and radio shows is paying off. In the battle for God - or a conservative evangelical God anyway -- Tim Pawlenty appears to have the upper hand. L ... More >>
Archbishop Listecki announced the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy in January.The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it's broke, and it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January "because priest-perpetrators sexually abused minors." It then hoped that a website offering some transparency o ... More >>
WikiPope Benedict: Return to sender.Twin Cities attorney Jeffrey Anderson's attempt to serve Pope Benedict and other high church officials with a sex abuse lawsuit has failed -- for now. The Vatican more or less scrawled "return to sender" on the envelope, threw it in a Fed Ex box and said, ... More >>
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki: Stonewalling?Jeffrey Anderson, the St. Paul attorney tracking down Catholic priest sex abusers, says the Milwaukee Archdiocese's recent declaration of bankruptcy is an attempt to avoid being forced to reveal the abusers' names. "My office represents all 23 o ... More >>
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. ListeckiThe Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been beset in recent years by its connections to pedophile priests who sexually abused children left in their safe keeping. Now it's paying the price. Today, the archdiocese declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and flatly laid th ... More >>
No more of this gay talk, please.Since we first told you yesterday about the decision by the administration of Benilde-St. Margaret's Catholic school to remove two opinion pieces from the school paper's website, the story has been blowing up across the local and national media.Now we've got an ex ... More >>
www.mormon.orgDo you know Mormons?Know a Mormon yet? The Mormon church's PR campaign has hit Minneapolis, in the form of a bunch of TV spots of normal folk who talk about their cool lives--and then casually mention "I'm a Mormon."
Photo: romana kleeSt. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson can sue the Vatican on behalf of sex-abuse victims after a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a challenge by the Catholic Church that said it was immune from U.S. lawsuits. "Today's action by the Justices is an answer to the ... More >>
Photo: romana kleeIt can't hurtJeff Anderson, the St. Paul attorney who has cut a wide swath of controversy as he files lawsuits against alleged sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church all over the world, has now trained his sites on the monks of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville. On ... More >>
Local lesbian Lauren Wendt can finally follow her calling into the ministry
For millions of Lutherans, it really is a Good Friday. For others... it's time to look for a new church.
In the struggle to place queer folks in rostered leadership positions, the ELCA is getting all queer with language.
Rev. Bonnie Perry sure hopes so.
We've got to give St. Paul a little more credit now that they officially have a national shrine located up on that hill overlooking downtown.
Lead actor Tom Hanks says movie is "not important, but it's fun"
Because that's what Jesus would do.
The great and mighty Lutheran Church continues to struggle with the sexuality of its members.
The Lutheran church struggles with its policy on homosexuality and the meaning of "all God's children"
If you liked 'The Passion of the Christ,' you'll love...
What does the pope know about happy marriages?
The Pontiff ate my baby; Angelina Jolie plays the whore of Babylon
The Catholic Church's right turn touches off battles over dogma and diversity at the University of St. Thomas
What's a lapsed-Catholic former sex worker who doesn't like religious dogma to do when she finds out she still believes?
Day two of pope convention yields no winner; will the next pope be a former Hitler Youth? "The Black Smoke of Indecision" is the goofy, portentous headline at Drudge this morning. The Church needs a pope who can shore up its dwindling market share, particularly in the world's poorer countries, where ... More >>
Who will be the Vatican's next top pontiff? A survey of clippings from recent years speculating on the Catholic Church's next pope: Today: Observer (UK): next pope will be another conservative; ABC backgrounder on the picking of popes. Older: Biz Week: why the next pope may be a surprise (03/05); ... More >>
When the saints come marching in Can we canonize the Pope before he's dead? Since being hired as pope in 1978, John Paul Jones II has canonized 482 saints. The vast Vatican bureaucracy used to vet nominations through a judicial process (there was once an actual job for a "Devil's Advocate," who in ... More >>
'Religious Right' illuminates the path to evildoing
Minnesota lawyer has made millions suing
Faith, salvation, and End Times in suburbia: Inside Grace Church.
God told Pastor Bruce King to lead Shepherd of the Valley back to the path of righteousness. His flock didn't want to go there.