In January 2002, a part-time employee of St. Mary's Church in St. Paul sent a letter to a Catholic Parents OnLine in desperation. Five years earlier, the employee had been working in the room of Father Donald Dummer and "I was shocked by one video of boys 10 to 12 years of age playing basketball -- ... More >>
As a bishop, Robert Carlson was responsible for sniffing out sexual misconduct. It was February 1985, and he'd just gotten through interviewing Father Kenneth LaVan and a married woman who'd slept with the priest after his repeated and aggressive advances. She was scared, she said, because he'd b ... More >>
In 2002, American Catholic bishops began making new demands on local dioceses: no more moving offenders to less public positions, and no more harboring of information. It was a nice sentiment. But as Vicar General Kevin McDonough would later explain to his colleagues in private conference, it wasn' ... More >>
Before he became archbishop in St. Louis, Robert Carlson was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during the 1980s. One of his jobs in that role was to handle sex abuse allegations made against Twin Cities priests. So it strains credulity to hear him say during a recent ... More >>
In video testimony released Thursday by Jeff Anderson's law firm, the former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis admitted that he made a habit of penning official memos with an eye towards possible litigation, and when approached last year by St. Paul police refused to coope ... More >>
The law firm that is aggressively suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released on Tuesday the four-hour deposition of head holy man John Nienstedt. The archbishop admitted under oath that he has withheld information about sexually abusive priests, putting the blame on one of his underl ... More >>
He couldn't have been more clear. Both before and after a press conference on Dec. 5 -- when he joined the victims of pedophile priests in his St. Paul office -- attorney Jeff Anderson pointed to the photo of a smiling, bespectacled holy man. His eggshell of a head reflected more light than his co ... More >>
After years of resistance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has vowed to reveal the names of priests suspected of sexually abusing children through its website and newspaper, The Catholic Spirit, as soon as Thursday.A Ramsey County judge Monday gave his blessing on the release and set a d ... More >>
Bradlee Dean has been called many names -- homophobe, huckster, leader of a cultic sham -- but this one may be the most unflattering yet. Hipster. That's right. The foulmouthed preacher with the rap-rocker mien showed up today, along with Tim Tebow, on Salon's list of "hip" Christians who are tryin ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- Today, lawyer Jeff Anderson plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who claims she was abused when she was a teenage girl by popular priest and St. Thomas professor Michael Keating.SEE ALSO: St. Paul police reopen child porn investigation aimed at priest Jon Shelley Keati ... More >>
A woman who went to the Reverend Mark Huberty seeking spiritual guidance wound up in a sexual relationship with the priest instead, according to her account of events.SEE ALSO: Priest reportedly approached young men at Barnes & Noble, asked, "Are you fucking horny?" Huberty, a priest at the Chu ... More >>
The New Ulm Actors Community Theater has decided to cancel their planned production of "Inherit the Wind" thanks to pressure from local evangelicals who object to the way the play portrays the evolution/creationism debate.SEE ALSO: Matt Birk refused White House trip because President Obama is pro-ch ... More >>
During the run up to the November election, some Minnesota Catholics openly expressed displeasure with their church's gay unfriendliness. Soon, they'll have have an alternative.SEE ALSO: Lennon Cihak has "to change his mind" about gay marriage to be confirmed, priest saysOn Saturday, January 19, the ... More >>
Father John Echert via The Eponymous FlowerThe discoloration was actually caused by a fungus, not a miracle. The mystery behind the discarded communion wafer that ominously turned blood red in a St. Paul church has been solved. When the strange event occurred at St. Augustine Church in south St ... More >>
Bachmann gets her news from sources that haven't been easy on her lately.During the question and answer session at the National Press Club this afternoon, most of of Michele Bachmann's answers were predictable.Yes, she's still against raising the debt ceiling. Yes, she still thinks Fannie Mae and ... More >>
Leith Anderson, Tim Pawlenty's pastor for nearly three decades, is retiring.Leith Anderson, the influential head of the National Association of Evangelicals who counts Tim Pawlenty among his 5,000 parishioners, is retiring from his leadership position with Eden Prairie's Wooddale Church. Anderso ... More >>
AndersonAdvocatesAnderson has filed thousands of abuse lawsuits.Twin Cities attorney Jeff Anderson filed a civil suit yesterday accusing a Missouri-based abbey of covering up sexual abuse by a former monk. Anderson is famous for his tireless pursuit against abusive priests and church coverup ... More >>
Steve CohenThe block party gets sucked into the marriage debate.We've got more than 16 months to go before Minnesotans vote on whether to make gay marriage unconstitutional. But the battle lines are already being drawn, and they're showing up in some surprising places. Like this year's Basi ... More >>
Brian Johnson, center, and his family handed out bibles at last year's Pride festival.Here we go again. Just like last year, the city has a battle brewing on its hands over free speech rights in Loring Park during the Twin Cities Pride festival. Organizers want an exclusive use permit for ... More >>
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Image via FacebookRice quits Christ's followersUpdated: "You'd like the UCC, Anne Rice" launches on Facebook. Details after the jump. Anne Rice, arguably the modern-day mother of America's obsession with all things vampire, made big news a decade ago when she converted to Christianity. Now s ... More >>
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