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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, is circulating a petition asking John Boehner to remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.The petition targets Bachmann's bizarre obsession with Sharia law and other Islamophobic tomfoolery, though really there's any number ... More >>
The director discusses Joaquin Phoenix and researching Scientology
This morning, a photo of Wade Michael Page -- the 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran suspected of being the sole gunman responsible for the Milwaukee-area Sikh temple shooting that left seven dead yesterday, including Page himself -- began to circulate around the internet.The photo was released by the So ... More >>
The Atlantic's headline says it all -- "Good News, Liberals: 'Crazy' Michele Bachmann Is Back."Their evidence? Bachmann sounding the alarm during a speech last week about an upcoming "suicide-bomber conference" in Chicago. She called on President Obama to shut down the "subversive" gathering, warnin ... 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 >>
Godfather's Pizza millionaire Herman Cain.In pizza millionaire Herman Cain's world, all Muslims are anti-American Sharia freaks bent on forcing their religion down everyone's throats. And Cain, a Christian Republican who is toying with a presidential run, and who figures it's OK to force his ... More >>
DPerstinThings you find in a park: Goat heads!St. Paul Police and Animal Control officials are looking into something you don't see everyday: A severed goat head. Someone found it in Marydale Park in St. Paul's North End on Saturday. "A woman was walking in the park, and saw something in a p ... More >>
She was interviewed by a couple of people most folks have never heard of, Babe Huggett and Warner Todd Huston
Creationists bring their battle against science to the University of Minnesota.
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.
Imams, community leaders, and parents of Somali youth who have disappeared in recent months planned a press conference in response to recent media coverage. But disagreements led the organizers to cancel the event.
The controversy is just the latest political dust-up at the embattled Catholic university
Was it a Kenyan assassin who killed the Minnesota-reared missionary—or was it madness? Seven years later, the verdict is in.
Put off by his controversial words on Israel, the University of St. Thomas snubs a Nobel Laureate
The Pontiff ate my baby; Angelina Jolie plays the whore of Babylon
Last night, the WCCO television news aired a feature that purported to answer the question, "What is intelligent design?" Given recent developments in Dover, Pennsylvania and Kansas, the matter certainly deserves serious inquiry. It's a shame that the Good Neighbor did such a piss poor job. To beg ... More >>
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 >>
Ignorance is.... A) Guaranteed by the Bill Of Rights; B) Evidence that our schools are working; C) Bliss
'Religious Right' illuminates the path to evildoing
Minnesota lawyer has made millions suing
Novelist and historian Tariq Ali on the war and the antiwar movement
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.
Lino Rulli brings religion to Generation X
The City of St. Paul is forced to close a rabbinical boarding school
A scorching Israeli drama mourns the state of marriage
John Travolta delivers the Scientology sermon of Battlefield Earth
From a strip-mall office on the Twin Cities fringe, a lab researcher-turned-Bible radio star lectures the nation
How the power of faith is fueling the revitalization of Catholic education
U Film Society's Jewish Film Festival delivers a celluloid shalom for the age of kabala chic
A Minneapolis church and city leaders square off over windows
Is the Catholic Church engaging in its own kind of ethnic cleansing in Northeast Minneapolis?
St. Paul's Llewellyn Publications was New Age before New Age was cool. Now it's enormously lucrative, too.