One man's journey from priest to sex-abuse scandal whistleblower
From time to time, we get letters. And then sometimes we get really colorful, impassioned letters. This is one of them. Our reader Carol flew up to St. Paul from Florida to check one off the bucket list: Madonna in all her live glory -- at long last. This came at considerable expense, with ove ... 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 >>
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 >>
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T-Paw pretty much thinks burning books is a bad idea.There's been a lot of controversy this week about Florida pastor Terry Jones' upcoming Quran burn-a-thon, set for this Saturday, the anniversary the Sept. 11 attacks. President Obama calls it a recruitment bonanza for al Qaida. Nationally, ... 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 >>
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