At first, nobody looked hard enough at the former priest's background. Now he wishes people would forgive and forget.
Much of the cash that sustains the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is held by legally separate groups, making it easier to protect church assets in a bankruptcy. Here's how the money flows.
Now in their 60s and 70s, the Meyers sisters have found that there is no straight path to healing.
The latest batch of documents released in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit indicates that Archbishop John Nienstedt gave another false statement.
The archbishop claimed under oath in April that he only recently learned of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson's child sex abuse conviction. Newly released documents show church officials repeatedly reminded Nienstedt of the priest's criminal past.
Nienstedt said the men on the list released today "have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests."
Archbishop John Nienstedt gave a false statement under oath about his knowledge of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson's conviction for sexually assaulting a child, letters obtained by MPR News show.
Suddenly, the church's most pugnacious critic was making deals with figures he had called criminal conspirators.
Attorneys and religious leaders hailed the settlement as a landmark agreement, though much of it describes policies already in place.
The settlement will include an agreement for how church officials will handle future allegations of abuse, according to a source with knowledge of the announcement.
Top university leaders didn't know of a sex abuse complaint against the Rev. Michael Keating, according to a university-funded probe. Keating resigned his St. Thomas teaching post in September.
Winona Bishop John Quinn warned in March that clergy sex abuse suits could trigger bankruptcy. Victims' attorneys released Quinn's letter and other documents Tuesday.
A new lawsuit alleges that the late Rev. Ramon Buckley sexually assaulted a boy more than 30 years ago.
Archbishop: Church teachings "must be upheld," employee's marriage is "contrary to the Catholic faith."
A woman who claims the Rev. Michael Keating sexually abused her said the University of St. Thomas was wrong to allow Keating to resign under "false pretenses."