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 >>
Archbishop John Nienstedt is digging his heels in the ground. Despite mounting evidence that he downplayed or ignored signs of sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he's decided not to resign from his post. Instead, he promised Wednesday to lead the region's Catholics t ... 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 March, two top Catholic Church officials in Minnesota sat down with the editorial board of the St. Cloud Times to discuss the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal. Bishop Donald Kettler of the St. Cloud Diocese and Abbot John Klassen of St. John's Abbey both agreed -- there were no priests left in mi ... 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
On Tuesday, a Ramsey County judge ordered Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough to testify under oath about how they handled allegations of sexual abuse by local priests. In a rare move, Judge John Van de North also ruled that attorneys for an alleged victim, led by Jeff ... 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 >>
In recent months, MPR has been all over the unfolding Twin Cities Catholic church sex scandal, breaking story after story about priests who have been accused of sexual abuse and possible cover-ups by church officials.RELATED: Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's but ... More >>
During remarks made a Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina yesterday, John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, apologized for not doing more to root out sexual abusers from his church and for taking inadequate measures to prevent priests from engaging in sexually abusi ... 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 >>
Chad Gigowski, a 28-year-old resident of suburban Milwaukee, voted twice last November. Nobody disputes that.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on voter ID failure: "Voter fraud likely played a role" Prosecutors threw the book at Gigowski, claiming people have to understand that voter fraud ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's no good very bad year isn't getting any better, as this morning the House Ethics Committee released a statement confirming they're extended their probe into allegations of improprieties during her presidential campaign.RELATED: Michele Bachmann blames news of federal ethics invest ... More >>
The Facebook profile of a junior player on the Maple Grove High School boys hockey team said he graduated from the "college of porn" and works at the Chippendales Strip Club in Las Vegas. His profile was changed over the weekend and the porn and Chippendales references were removed.THE MAPLE GROVE H ... More >>
In the fall of 2010, Minnesota Majority, the state's leading pro-voter ID group, created the Election Integrity Watch. As a press release published at the time noted, Election Watch "is a program designed to engage voters across the state to be vigilant, watching for and reporting on election fraud. ... More >>
In the most recent edition of the New Yorker, Jane Meyer takes a close look at the Republican lawyer who has spearheaded the drive for tighter voter ID laws nationally and here in Minnesota, Hans von Spakovsky.Along with John Fund, von Spakovsky recently cowrote a book entitled, "Who's Counting?: Ho ... More >>
One of the three people responsible for deciding to charge seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong with blood doping violations happens to be Minneapolis attorney Clark Griffith.Griffith, 70, is the son of former Twins owner Calvin Griffith. This winter, Griffith resigned from his law schoo ... More >>
Yesterday, the state Senate Local Government and Elections Committee approved a proposed voter ID constitutional amendment in a party-line 8-6 vote. The amendment now goes before another committee before coming before the whole Senate. A companion bill in the House has not yet been scheduled for ... More >>
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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 >>
St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson.St. John's Abbey in Collegeville has settled lawsuits filed by nine men who say they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of some of the order's monks and priests since the 1960s. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements, without detailing t ... More >>
Beasley is coming to a T.C. golf course near you.
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 >>
Father Francis Markey from his arrest in early 2010Jeffrey Anderson, the St. Paul attorney who's made a career (and a mint) suing the Catholic church, has opened up a new practice in London to pursue the pedophile priest cases popping up across the pond. They've already got their sights on Rev. ... 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 >>
Image by dbaird"Please ID Me" buttons aren't allowed hereToday a federal judge told tea partiers NO, they may not wear "Please I.D. Me" buttons to the polls. So if someone asks to see your photo ID, just give 'em the hand. And if they take your picture, take one right back. Minnesota election la ... More >>
Mark Dayton was the victim of a smear campaignThe smear campaign against Mark Dayton began bubbling up last week--just in time, a callous political strategist might reason, to tip a tight Governors race.Last week Fox9 dedicated a segment to the scurrilous allegation--simultaneously sent to mult ... More >>
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... 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 kleeSt. John's Abbey has offered a mea culpa of sorts to St. Cloud Times, after erroneously telling the paper in May that Father Raymond Francisco Schulte, the target of a sex abuse lawsuit, was living at the abbey after the abuse allegation first surfaced. In fact, he was not.
1988, Los Angeles. Poison's Open Up and Say...Ahh! peaks at #2 on the American charts. By the end of the next year the band will have become one of the top five best-selling hard rock bands of the 1980s, behind Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Gn'R and the Crüe. It don't get better than this.
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 >>
Hannah Montana gets upstaged by sea turtles
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We have to admit we were wrong when we predicted Sen. Amy Klobuchar's likely disastrous evening of comedy last night at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner.
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The San Diego Union-Tribune published an investigation and listed a ... More >>
"Duke" Cunningham's property to be auctioned off, New Hampshire votes against banning gay marriage, juggling to the Beatles, James Lipton chugs a beer, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
It was announced today that Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Rincon has become the fifth player to be suspended under Major League Baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Read the Twins press release on the subject here.
Transfixed by JP2's death watch? A replay's likely in your future Thursday's papers have finally come out and said it: At 78, Benedict XVI is expected to have a short reign. German prelates have expressed concern about Ratzinger's health. One young priest from Cologne, who asked not to be identif ... More >>
And Prozac and Viagra and Red Bull... What exactly did Congress's recent baseball and steroids hearings (I wrote about them here) accomplish, besides wrecking Mark McGwire's chances at the Hall of Fame? All the hoohah about fairness and the American way (loose correlation, that) and the scourge of p ... More >>
A new national villain of the hour: steroids Before Congress McGwire cries, takes the Fifth; Bud Selig pops out of the ground and sees his shadow; what's Curt Schilling running for? Random impressions from a misspent afternoon watching CSPAN on Thursday: The committee did not think much of baseball ... More >>
Minnesota lawyer has made millions suing