Before his death in 1985, Father Thomas Stitts is believed to have confessed his sins of sexual abuse -- and the sins of some of his colleagues -- in a letter. However, that letter may have been burned to protect the parties involved. There is still one way to get to the bottom of what Stitts knew ... 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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
Sunday's New York Times carried a chilling piece on the religious right's efforts to sweep state and local elections in 2006 by enlisting "2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activi ... More >>
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