A complete chronology of MPR News coverage
Jan 28, 2016 —A federal bankruptcy judge told the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday that it can proceed with efforts to sell the church's Summit Avenue chancery. A company owned by the Pohlad family has already made a bid.
Jan 26, 2016 —Minneapolis-based United Properties has offered $2.75 million for the nearly 4 acre site on Summit Avenue, but other parties could top that offer.
Jan 21, 2016 —The former Twin Cities archbishop is discontinuing his temporary work at a Battle Creek, Mich., church "in light of the unintended discord that his presence was causing."
Jan 19, 2016 —Some members of a Michigan Catholic diocese are concerned that a priest who led a Minnesota archdiocese during a clergy sex abuse scandal is helping out in a Battle Creek church.
Jan 13, 2016 —Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last summer after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was charged with failing to protect children from a predatory priest. Nienstedt's taken on a temporary pastoral role in Battle Creek, Mich.
Jan 7, 2016 —A federal judge Thursday signed off on the sale of a building owned by the bankrupt Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and also approved a claims filing deadline in the Duluth diocese bankruptcy.
Jan 4, 2016 —If the bankruptcy court approves, the Minnesota Historical Society will pay $4.5 million for the three-story Hayden Center.
Dec 18, 2015 —Ben Spanier's parents say his problems began when he started spending time with a priest at the school.
Dec 18, 2015 —Prosecutors and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have agreed on a plan that would dismiss civil charges tied to the clergy sex abuse case of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Criminal charges against the archdiocese remain in place.
Dec 7, 2015 —The diocese says it can't afford its nearly $5 million share of a recent settlement with a man who was sexually abused by a priest.
Dec 7, 2015 —The justices on Monday left in place the sexual misconduct conviction of the Rev. Christopher Wenthe, who was convicted in 2011.
Dec 3, 2015 —The judge overseeing the process approved $3.3 million in legal and other fees from June through October.
Nov 27, 2015 —The Minnesota Historical Society has offered $4.5 million for the Hayden Center. Other parties now have several weeks to top that price.
Nov 16, 2015 —In the first release of documents from the diocese, a former bishop is depicted as trying to help priests "rehabilitate themselves."
Nov 5, 2015 —The Rev. Timothy Backous, a monk at St. John's Abbey, had stepped away from ministry last year.
Nov 4, 2015 —The society would use the St. Paul property for parking for people visiting the Minnesota History Center and James J. Hill House. The building itself would be used for offices, meetings and storage.
Nov 4, 2015 —A jury Wednesday awarded more than $8 million in a clergy sex abuse case involving the Diocese of Duluth. It was the first lawsuit to go to trial under Minnesota's Child Victims Act.
Oct 29, 2015 —The archdiocese faces six gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment for allegedly turning a blind eye to repeated misconduct by Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest who was convicted of molesting two boys in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.
Oct 21, 2015 —Attorney Jeff Anderson asked jurors in Ramsey County Wednesday to award $11.7 million to a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Duluth when he was a teenager in the late 1970s.
Oct 20, 2015 —Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda made the announcement Tuesday about the Rev. Mark Huberty. A Ramsey County jury acquitted Huberty of criminal sexual conduct involving an adult female parishioner he was counseling.
Oct 13, 2015 —The Rev. Antonio Marfori says there's no truth in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a teenage boy nearly four decades ago.
Oct 6, 2015 —About 150 Catholics gathered in St. Paul Monday to tell Archbishop Bernard Hebda what they'd like to see in a new archbishop of the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Oct 1, 2015 —The legal bill for the bankruptcy is already about $3.6 million. Now, the archdiocese wants a firm hired to represent sex abuse victims who might file claims against the church in the future.
Sep 8, 2015 —The Rev. Gilbert Gustafson, a priest convicted of child sex abuse, is behind a new effort to buy the Twin Cities archdiocese headquarters and turn it into a healing center for abuse survivors.
Sep 2, 2015 —Rev. Gerald Dvorak, who went on a leave of absence in May because of an allegation that he sexually abused a child in the 1970s, will return to ministry after a review found the allegation to be "not substantiated," Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a statement Wednesday.
Aug 26, 2015 —Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.
Aug 21, 2015 —The first court appearance in the criminal case had been originally scheduled for June 24, and was later rescheduled to July 17 and then to Aug. 25. It is now scheduled for Oct. 29.
Aug 20, 2015 —A former student has alleged sexual misconduct by the Rev. Tom Andert, prior of the monastery at Saint John's Abbey.
Aug 18, 2015 —Curtis Wehmeyer, now serving five years for sexually abusing boys in Minnesota, has been sentenced to three years for abusing a boy during a camping trip in Wisconsin.
Aug 5, 2015 —The bankruptcy case of the Twin Cities archdiocese moves to the next stage now that Monday's deadline for filing claims has passed.
Aug 5, 2015 —More than 300 people who say they were sexually abused by priests have filed claims in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case.
Aug 4, 2015 —Jennifer Haselberger, a former top adviser in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, filed her claim on the last day for creditors to come forward in the archdiocese bankruptcy case.
Aug 3, 2015 —In filing a claim against the archdiocese, a priest convicted of sexual misconduct says the archdiocese made the offer this year.
Jul 30, 2015 —A judge on Thursday rejected abuse victims' request to extend a deadline for bankruptcy court claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The deadline remains Monday.
Jul 30, 2015 —Time is running out for alleged sex-abuse victims and other creditors to file claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Jul 16, 2015 —The creditors committee in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis wants clergy sex abuse victims to have until next year to file claims against the church.
Jul 15, 2015 —Creditor claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have been filed by some 120 parishes seeking reimbursement for insurance and legal costs related to sex-abuse cases.
Jul 12, 2015 —The interim leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis received a warm welcome from Catholics Sunday.
Jul 10, 2015 —A jury found the Rev. Mark Huberty not guilty of two counts of sexual misconduct. He wants the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to reimburse $46,000 in legal costs.
Jul 10, 2015 —The Rev. Bernard Hebda, temporary head of the Twin Cities archdiocese, says he'll release an "accounting" of investigations into his predecessor and doesn't yet know how the archdiocese will plead in a sex abuse case.
Jul 9, 2015 —A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday rejected efforts to have a video about clergy sex abuse played in parishes throughout the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Jul 7, 2015 —The men served in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and worked in various parishes and organizations in Minnesota. Five of the men are dead, and the other two men are no longer priests.
Jun 30, 2015 —The ruling will allow attorneys to take depositions of top diocese officials about how they handled sex abuse cases.
Jun 27, 2015 —Father John Bauer said releasing the details of the internal investigation into Nienstedt is imperative if the archdiocese will be able to move forward.
Jun 24, 2015 —Wednesday's decision marks the second time the Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the appeals court in this case.
Jun 23, 2015 —The latest operating report filed by the archdiocese indicates it has racked up $1.4 million in legal fees.
Jun 19, 2015 —By authorizing an investigation into his personal life, Nienstedt had hoped to clear his name. Things turned out differently.
Jun 17, 2015 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it needs the help of Joseph Dixon in defending itself against criminal and civil charges.
Jun 16, 2015 —Priests are eager to hear from Archbishop Bernard Hebda, the temporary apostolic administrator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He will hold a Mass in Rochester Wednesday.
Jun 16, 2015 —Joseph Jeyapaul, 60, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for the 2005 incident where he kissed, grabbed and inappropriately touched a girl on her 16th birthday.
Jun 15, 2015 —Many parishes are struggling financially because parishioners are giving less out of anger with church leaders. Archbishop John Nienstedt's decision to step down could encourage Catholics to give.
Jun 15, 2015 —Hebda will take on all responsibilities of leading the archdiocese following Nienstedt's resignation. He will fill the role until Pope Francis appoints a new, permanent archbishop.
Jun 15, 2015 —MPR News' Tom Weber gets more reaction to the news and gives an update on this developing story.
Jun 15, 2015 —Listen to reporters and other experts react to today's news.
Jun 15, 2015 —Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche resigned Monday after prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with having failed to protect children from a pedophile priest.
Jun 10, 2015 —The move marks the biggest step yet the Vatican has taken to hold bishops accountable.
Jun 8, 2015 —"The leadership has to change," she said on MPR News. "It just has to."
Jun 8, 2015 —Others say the charges would not have been necessary had church officials handled abuse allegations properly.
Jun 5, 2015 —Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Friday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis must be held accountable for its "role in failing to protect children" from a priest's sexual abuse.
May 27, 2015 —Archdiocese chief financial officer Tom Mertens says there are no offers so far on the properties.
May 19, 2015 —Jury selection in Francis Hoefgen's criminal case began Tuesday in Dakota County and will continue Wednesday.
May 19, 2015 —The Rev. Gerald Dvorak, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn., has taken a leave of absence following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.
May 18, 2015 —The lawsuit filed in St. Louis County accuses the Duluth diocese of creating a public nuisance by not warning the public about the late Rev. Charles Gormly and other priests.
May 7, 2015 —The St. Louis County Attorney's Office accuses the Rev. Brian Lederer of touching the girls in separate incidents from about August 2014 to last Sunday. The Diocese of Duluth says it was not aware of accusations against the priest before his arrest this week.
May 7, 2015 —Judge Robert Kressel was not happy that the archdiocese has relied on legal notices to inform abuse victims that they have until Aug. 3 to file a claim.
May 6, 2015 —The priest is in jail pending a possible charge for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15.
Apr 29, 2015 —Doug Devorak claims Sister Mary Regina Hebig repeatedly fondled him when he was a fifth grader at St. Michael's Catholic School in Madison, Minn. Hebig is no longer alive.
Apr 21, 2015 —Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt hasn't been charged, but his role in protecting priests invites comparisons to Bishop Robert Finn's case.
Apr 20, 2015 —This is the sixth time MPR News or its parent company, American Public Media, has won a Peabody Award.
Apr 16, 2015 —Victims who don't file claims during the bankruptcy could be prevented from getting compensation.
Apr 10, 2015 —The Diocese of Winona on Friday released the names of two more priests accused of sexual abuse and said it doesn't expect more disclosures.
Apr 1, 2015 —Three people who say they were sexually abused by priests can proceed with "public nuisance" claims against the Diocese of New Ulm in southern Minnesota.
Mar 11, 2015 —Curtis Wehmeyer is serving five years in prison for sexually abusing two boys and possessing child pornography while serving at St. Paul's Church of the Blessed Sacrament.
Mar 9, 2015 —An appeals court has ruled that a $55 million cemetery trust fund is fair game in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy case.
Feb 24, 2015 —Sales of the chancery office and three other properties may raise as much as $11 million, an archdiocese official told a creditor's meeting Tuesday.
Feb 24, 2015 —To pay claims, forensic accountants will dig into the finances of the archdiocese, hunting for anything of significant value that may not have been already disclosed.
Feb 11, 2015 —In releasing the names, neither the archdiocese nor the law firm provided details of the allegations against them.
Feb 4, 2015 —A federal bankruptcy judge has ordered the archdiocese and its creditors into mediation, where the parties will attempt to negotiate a settlement. But what will that mean for the church, its creditors and victims?
Jan 31, 2015 —The filing, required as part of the bankruptcy process, provides the most detailed picture yet of the archdiocese's financial situation.
Jan 28, 2015 —A judge ordered the two dioceses and Oblates of Mary Immaculate to provide all documents regarding alleged abuse by any priest employed by the churches or was present at any of their facilities since 1949.
Jan 22, 2015 —How will the process play out here compared to in other archdiocese around the country? What does it mean for parishes and schools?
Jan 20, 2015 —U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel expressed concern about the length and cost of other church bankruptcies and is hoping to encourage a relatively quick and inexpensive settlement.
Jan 20, 2015 —The Rev. Paul Moudry has resigned from the Church of St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Tuesday.
Jan 16, 2015 —Chapter 11 lets the archdiocese reorganize its troubled finances as it confronts clergy sex abuse costs. The archbishop says assets may need to be sold. Critics say bankruptcy won't protect kids.
Jan 16, 2015 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But what does that mean? And what will it mean for local parishes, schools and parishioners?
Jan 15, 2015 —As three clergy sex abuse trials draw near, a bankruptcy filing could be a logical, if painful, next step for the Twin Cities archdiocese. Here's how it could unfold.
Jan 12, 2015 —The University of St. Thomas says ex-president Dennis Dease did not know of child sex abuse allegations against the Rev. Michael Keating before late 2013. Newly released documents indicate otherwise.
Jan 8, 2015 —All three trials are scheduled to begin Jan. 26 in Ramsey County District Court. However, a bankruptcy filing would likely halt the trials.
Dec 30, 2014 —An insurance firm contends it shouldn't have to pay for events that were "not unexpected."
Dec 26, 2014 —The story surrounding the Twin Cities archdiocese and its cover-up of clergy sex abuse is far from over.
Dec 15, 2014 —Tom (last name withheld) was abused by his priest, Fr. Cosmas Dahlheimer, as a child. Now in his 50s, he joins us to tell his story.
Dec 8, 2014 —The Rev. Mark Huberty said in a statement that he's relieved and that a lot of unnecessary harm had been done to the people of his parish and the complainant herself.
Dec 1, 2014 —At first, nobody looked hard enough at the former priest's background. Now he wishes people would forgive and forget.
Nov 25, 2014 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Tuesday it is suing some 20 insurance companies to try to force them to cover its liabilities for clergy sex abuse claims.
Nov 20, 2014 —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.
Nov 20, 2014 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reiterated that it is considering filing for bankruptcy as its financial condition has become more uncertain due to the growing potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Nov 17, 2014 —Wisconsin authorities charged the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer with second degree sexual assault after a man said Wehmeyer assaulted him in 2011.
Nov 17, 2014 —Now in their 60s and 70s, the Meyers sisters have found that there is no straight path to healing.
Nov 9, 2014 —The archdiocese says centralization of services in recent years led to unsustainable growth in spending, and that its budget is unsustainable regardless of unexpected legal and outside professional fees.
Nov 5, 2014 —The latest batch of documents released in a clergy sex abuse lawsuit indicates that Archbishop John Nienstedt gave another false statement.
Oct 27, 2014 —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.
Oct 27, 2014 —Deacon Joseph Damiani has sued his brothers for defamation, arguing they falsely accused him of abuse. A review board found "distinct difference" in witness stories.
Oct 23, 2014 —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."
Oct 23, 2014 —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.
Oct 20, 2014 —Suddenly, the church's most pugnacious critic was making deals with figures he had called criminal conspirators.
Oct 17, 2014 —Investigations continue on three open cases, including one involving former priest Curtis Wehmeyer and another tied to Archbishop John Nienstedt, County Attorney John Choi said.
Oct 13, 2014 —Attorneys for a victim of clergy sexual abuse settled a landmark public nuisance lawsuit Monday against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
Oct 13, 2014 —Attorneys and religious leaders hailed the settlement as a landmark agreement, though much of it describes policies already in place.
Oct 13, 2014 —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.
Oct 7, 2014 —A bankruptcy filing would make the Winona diocese the first in the state, and at least the 12th in the US to seek bankruptcy protection.
Oct 7, 2014 —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.
Oct 7, 2014 —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.
Oct 2, 2014 —A new lawsuit alleges that the late Rev. Ramon Buckley sexually assaulted a boy more than 30 years ago.
Sep 24, 2014 —Linda Carroll says the Rev. James Porter assaulted her repeatedly when she was a second-grader at St. Philip's school in Bemidji.
Sep 23, 2014 —Archbishop: Church teachings "must be upheld," employee's marriage is "contrary to the Catholic faith."
Sep 22, 2014 —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."
Sep 18, 2014 —Attorney Jeff Anderson follows familiar strategy in bid to make church files public.
Sep 17, 2014 —A woman last year accused the Rev. Michael Keating of sexually abusing her when she was a teen.
Sep 16, 2014 —Newly released church documents detail efforts by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to keep details of clergy sex abuse quiet. Archbishops transferred one priest to 14 parishes.
Sep 15, 2014 —The letter, signed by 12 of the private Catholic university's 21 tenured theology professors, asks Archbishop John Nienstedt to change his approach to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Sep 10, 2014 —Ramsey County Attorney John Choi turned back criticism he hasn't done enough to investigate clergy sex abuse but acknowledged he does not expect to file charges in 10 abuse cases investigated by St. Paul police.
Sep 5, 2014 —Innternal files show how church leaders protected the Rev. Richard Jeub for decades. The documents detail allegations that Jeub sexually abused two teenage girls and sexually exploited vulnerable women under his care.
Sep 3, 2014 —A jury should decide whether the archdiocese created a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret and was negligent in its handling of a former priest who has admitted to sexual contact with minors, Judge John Van de North ruled.
Aug 25, 2014 —Administrative law Judge Timothy O'Malley will serve in the newly created position.
Aug 21, 2014 —Jon Jaker, who is now 54, says he was sexually abused when he was 11 by the late Rev. Tom Stitts.
Aug 14, 2014 —Documents released today show that Archbishop John Roach knew in 1980 that Stitts had been accused of sexually abusing a boy in 1973.
Aug 11, 2014 —Documents released today trace how Archbishop John Nienstedt's predecessors, Harry Flynn and John Roach, protected the Rev. Ken LaVan after he was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls and adults.
Aug 11, 2014 —Contrary to his deposition, Archbishop John Nienstedt approved the continued ministry of Rev. Kenneth LaVan, who was accused of sexually assaulting at least one teenage girl and "sexually exploiting" several women.
Aug 5, 2014 —In a church with so much hierarchy, how will bishop accountability play out in Rome?
Aug 4, 2014 —The disclosure of the full list came in a court document referenced by a victim's attorney at a Ramsey County District Court hearing Monday. The total number of archdiocesan priests accused of child sexual abuse had not previously been reported.
Jul 30, 2014 —Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt defended his decisions on several abuse cases, but said he was caught off guard with the immensity of recent news reports about his actions. "I, in a sense, didn't see the forest for the trees," he said.
Jul 30, 2014 —In a column posted to the archdiocese's website, Nienstedt wrote: "I will continue to listen to those who express concerns about my leadership, but I will also continue serving as I have been called to do."
Jul 23, 2014 —The documents are part of a massive lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s. The man has accused the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of creating a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret.
Jul 22, 2014 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona had asked the judge to dismiss the case.
Jul 21, 2014 —A detailed exploration of the roots of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Twin Cities -- in documents, audio, photos and video -- from the cover-up tactics that Archbishop Harry Flynn fine-tuned in the bayous of southern Louisiana to the secrets kept in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Jul 15, 2014 —In her sworn statement, the former archdiocese chancellor also accused top church leaders of a "cavalier attitude" towards the safety of children, and contradicted sworn testimony by former top church deputies Peter Laird and Kevin McDonough and archdiocese attorney Andrew Eisenzimmer.
Jul 15, 2014 —The call for change among lay Catholics is rising after an MPR News documentary showed how three Twin Cities archbishops kept quiet about priests who sexually abused children.
Jul 14, 2014 —An MPR News radio documentary, reported over the course of a year, found that Catholic leaders had protected abusive priests for decades and played hardball with victims. Reporter Madeleine Baran discussed the project on All Things Considered.
Jul 14, 2014 —When clergy sex abuse threatened to become a scandal in the Twin Cities, the archbishop in charge covered it up. So did the next archbishop, and the next.
Jul 9, 2014 —Twin Cities church leaders in 1987 were confronting allegations the Rev. Joseph Wajda was sexually abusing children. In at least one instance, though, the archbishop wanted to fight back.
Jul 2, 2014 —The man says he was barely 13 when the Rev. Alphonsus Ferguson first assaulted him. An attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said the church has no record of complaints against Ferguson during his time at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings.
Jul 2, 2014 —Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has led the archdiocese's response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal for nearly a year, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that he ordered a private investigation into unspecified allegations against himself.
Jul 1, 2014 —A Minneapolis law firm has been secretly investigating the private life of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt for the past six months. Nienstedt acknowledged that he authorized an investigation into allegations made against him.
Jun 25, 2014 —Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered a former Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis vicar general, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, to sit for another deposition in a clergy sexual abuse case.
Jun 24, 2014 —The Rev. Jerome Kern testified that he would grab boys while swimming or wrestling. He said he didn't consider it to be sexual abuse at the time — and that no one from the archdiocese told him it was harmful or illegal. "I was always a teaser, and I liked to tease, you know."
Jun 23, 2014 —The diocese's latest release also details how the church responded to the allegations, most of which took place decades ago. Many priests were referred to counseling and treatment programs. Few faced criminal investigations.
Jun 22, 2014 —A Mendota priest has resigned from his parish after a Clergy Review Board reviewed a 1998 incident in which the priest allegedly touched a 17-year-old boy. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said a second priest is stepping aside temporarily while a sex abuse investigation is reopened.
Jun 11, 2014 —A former member of a central Minnesota boys' choir says a St. John's Abbey priest, who went on to become headmaster of St. John's Prep school in Collegeville, abused him while on a trip to Europe more than two decades ago. The alleged victim's family say they decided to go public with their allegations after learning the priest is still in public ministry.
Jun 11, 2014 —In a deposition released Monday, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for adults to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the 1980s. The St. Louis archdiocese is contesting the assertion, saying reporting on the remarks has taken them out of context.
Jun 11, 2014 —A former Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing children said in a deposition made public Wednesday that he was never asked by church officials to identify all the children he'd abused, even though some officials knew he'd abused young boys as early as 1964.
Jun 9, 2014 —St. Louis archbishop Robert Carlson — who served in the Twin Cities for 24 years — testified last month that he wasn't sure whether he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children when he served as chancellor of the Twin Cities archdiocese in the 1980s, according to a transcript released Monday.
Jun 4, 2014 —Former Twin Cities archbishop Harry Flynn said at least 134 times that he could not remember how he handled clergy sexual abuse cases during his 13-year tenure, according to a deposition made public today.
May 30, 2014 —The announcement comes amid an internal investigation into whether Don Briel, director and founder of the Center for Catholic Studies, or others at the university knew that an archdiocesan board had recommended that the Rev. Michael Keating, a professor of Catholic Studies, not mentor young adults.
May 28, 2014 —A former top archdiocesan official contradicted Archbishop John Nienstedt's account of how top officials responded to a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest, according to sworn testimony made public today.
May 22, 2014 —None of the men's names had previously been disclosed by the Twin Cities archdiocese, even though media reports had named two of them previously and one former cleric had been convicted of sexual misconduct.
May 19, 2014 —A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the Rev. Richard Eckroth of sexually abusing boys at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Internal documents show that Eckroth took more than 350 children to the cabin without their parents, but attorney Jeff Anderson said it's not clear how many of them may have been abused.
May 14, 2014 —Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say 48-year-old Leo Charles Koppala was turned over to authorities in New Delhi on Wednesday.
May 6, 2014 —The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation asked priests in the May 2 letter to boost fundraising at parishes, but said the effort remains on track compared to the same period last year.
May 6, 2014 —The Vatican's U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.
May 5, 2014 —Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."
May 2, 2014 —Vatican City is one of the countries that signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Against Torture.
Apr 24, 2014 —For nearly three decades in various roles throughout the archdiocese, the Rev. Kevin McDonough assured parishioners in dozens of interviews and personal conversations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was a national leader in fighting abuse.
Apr 22, 2014 —Nienstedt said he had followed a subordinate's advice that he keep no written notes of certain discussions, in case those notes should later become public in legal proceedings. He said that he didn't publicly disclose which priests were being monitored, and that he relied on others to keep parish trustees informed.
Apr 21, 2014 —The four-hour deposition marked the first time Archbishop John Nienstedt has had to answer questions under oath about clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since he was appointed to its helm six years ago.
Apr 16, 2014 —In November, the Rev. David Barrett went on leave as assistant pastor of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, Minn., for what the archdiocese described as sexual misconduct not involving minors that took place more than a decade ago.
Apr 15, 2014 —Poor oversight and flawed policies are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop concluded Monday.
Apr 4, 2014 —None of 12 metro law enforcement agencies contacted by MPR News confirmed that the archdiocese had offered files to review.
Apr 2, 2014 —The four-hour deposition of Nienstedt ended heatedly after attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s, asked the archbishop to turn over files of offending priests to law enforcement.
Apr 2, 2014 —The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be deposed as part of a lawsuit brought by a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s.
Apr 1, 2014 —The archdiocese included the information about the Rev. Kenneth LaVan and other priests as part of a statement released Monday evening about documents provided to victims' attorneys in advance of a deposition of Nienstedt scheduled for Wednesday.
Mar 27, 2014 —Daniel Haws, an attorney for the archdiocese, said church officials need more time to review an estimated 60,000 pages of documents before providing them to attorneys representing a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s.
Mar 27, 2014 —The Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese and a religious order, accusing both of sending a priest to New Ulm in the early 1980s without telling the diocese that the priest had a long history of being accused of child sexual abuse.
Mar 26, 2014 —The cases pertain to Archbishop John Nienstedt, and Curtis Wehmeyer, a St. Paul priest serving time in prison for child sexual abuse.
Mar 25, 2014 —Robert Schumacher will preside over discovery disputes in a lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona by a man who claims that the Rev. Thomas Adamson sexually abused him when he was a boy.
Mar 22, 2014 —The eight members of a new Vatican commission charged with advising the Roman Catholic Church on how to confront and prevent sexual abuse of children by its priests include a prominent victim.
Mar 18, 2014 —Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered church leaders to provide the documents by March 31 to attorneys for a man who said he was abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. The deadline is two days before his attorneys will question Archbishop John Nienstedt under oath about his handling of abuse claims. Most of the documents will not be sealed.
Mar 12, 2014 —A Twin Cities priest whose sexual urges led him to steal church funds and serve time in the Hennepin County workhouse is calling on his archdiocese to face the clergy sexual abuse crisis more openly.
Mar 11, 2014 —Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in December was accused of groping a boy several years ago at a public event.
Mar 10, 2014 —The Crosiers have made public the names of 11 priests and brothers who'd been accused of abuse. All are either deceased or no longer with the order. Ten of the 11 either served in Minnesota parishes, or at the Crosier seminary in Onamia, Minn.
Mar 7, 2014 —In a letter to pastors and parish administrators Thursday, the archdiocese said a small number of parishes with significant debt would move ahead in what was once hoped to be a wider capital campaign effort.
Mar 5, 2014 —In a three-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Judge Edward Cleary denied requests by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to block depositions of Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.
Feb 27, 2014 —Ramsey County Judge John Van de North had ordered the archdiocese to provide the names by Feb. 18. The archdiocese fought the order, arguing it would cause "irreparable harm to the Archdiocese and its clergy," but failed to convince Van de North to change it.
Feb 25, 2014 —The Twin Cities Archdiocese knew in 2004 that the Rev. Jon Shelley looked for sexual images of minors with Internet search terms such as "free naked boy pictures," according to documents released by St. Paul police.
Feb 25, 2014 —Six children in a single family have been sexually abused either by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer or each other. Their mother calls her family's everyday life now a "war zone," bereft of the support the archdiocese once promised. She used to hope some of her sons would become priests. Now she hopes that they survive the effects of the abuse.
Feb 20, 2014 —The MPR News story published Wednesday said the archdiocese has not disclosed a complete list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse. The story cited police reports, court records and the archdiocese's internal files. In its statement, the archdiocese said that it remains committed to disclosing "substantiated" claims of abuse.
Feb 19, 2014 —An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count.
Feb 19, 2014 —An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status.
Feb 18, 2014 —In a statement, the archdiocese said it's appealing the order because it's overly broad, and disclosure of the names -- even under seal -- could harm priests who've been accused falsely.
Feb 17, 2014 —The list, posted on the Archdiocese website, includes nine names. All but two of the men are already known to the public. Three are dead. Only one was accused in the past decade.
Feb 14, 2014 —Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona are seeking to block the depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and two other priests and halt the ordered release of the names of priests accused of child sexual abuse since 2004.
Feb 14, 2014 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis showed an operating loss in fiscal 2013 compared to a $1.5 million operating surplus the prior year. Officials attributed that loss to a big jump in reserves to cover unknown future costs tied to clergy abuse claims.
Feb 11, 2014 —A Ramsey County judge has ordered the archbishop to be deposed on the policies and practices of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on the handling of abuse allegations, including whether the archdiocese followed its own policies.
Jan 30, 2014 —Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday then immediately slammed Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for what he called a "defective and deficient" response to allegations that top archdiocese leaders covered up clergy sex abuse. Choi strenuously disagrees.
Jan 29, 2014 —The document -- a formal decree signed by Nienstedt to comply with church law -- says the archdiocese knew of allegations against the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer on June 18. Yet police reports show the archdiocese didn't report the claims to police until two days later. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in November 2012 to three counts of criminal sexual conduct and 17 counts of possession of child pornography.
Jan 29, 2014 —Before a news conference he held alongside Ramsey County Attorney John Choi on Wednesday morning, St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith sat down with reporters to discuss the progress of the police investigation into alleged clergy sexual abuse. "When I hear over and over again that 'mistakes have been made,' we need to know what those mistakes are," he said.
Jan 29, 2014 —Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said multiple agencies analyzed disks copied from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer and found insufficient evidence to press charges.
Jan 29, 2014 —Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said authorities had investigated whether officials of the Twin Cities archdiocese had failed to report suspicions of abuse in a timely way. He said that while he continued to be troubled by the church's communication practices, he had found no evidence that might persuade a jury.
Jan 28, 2014 —Scholar says hidden funds are 'universal' in dioceses plagued by scandal.
Jan 26, 2014 —The disclosure comes after similar releases by the St. Cloud, Duluth and Winona dioceses, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and St. John's Abbey in response to public pressure from victims and parishioners and, in some cases, court orders and pending litigation.