A complete chronology of MPR News coverage
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.
Jan 23, 2014 —Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement.
Jan 21, 2014 —The Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the largest and most influential in the U.S., handed over last week more than 6,000 pages of documents to victims' attorneys.
Jan 17, 2014 —The statistics for 2011-12 represent the first time that the Vatican has provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked.
Jan 16, 2014 —At a U.N. hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's representative in Geneva, says "such crimes can never be justified" whether committed at home, school, sports activities or in religious organizations and structures.
Jan 11, 2014 —The lawyers have asked Ramsey County Judge John Van de North to suspend the Feb. 5 deadline for the disclosure of the names of priests accused since 2004. In separate court filings, they argued that the judge's order went too far and could harm the reputations of falsely accused priests.
Jan 6, 2014 —During a hearing on Monday, officials from the Diocese of New Ulm told the judge that the list should remain secret. They moved to dismiss a nuisance claim that demands the diocese disclose the names.
Jan 3, 2014 —Twenty-one of the priests, the diocese said, are dead. Of the living: Four live in Collegeville, one lives in St. Cloud, one in the Twin Cities metro area and another in New York City. The diocese doesn't know the whereabouts of five of the priests on the list.
Jan 2, 2014 —A Sartell man has asked a Stearns County court to order the Diocese of Saint Cloud to release a list of 26 priests church officials say are credibly accused of sexual abuse.
Dec 31, 2013 —The Diocese of Duluth today released the names of 17 former priests it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a young person sometime in the years from 1950 to the present.
Dec 30, 2013 —A Ramsey County judge ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, along with the Diocese of Winona, to release the names of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors by Jan. 6. Now, both dioceses are asking the judge to modify his order to allow them to investigate allegations before releasing accused priests' names.
Dec 24, 2013 —Harry Walsh is a former priest who was accused of sexually abusing two minors decades ago. The accusations came to light as part of Minnesota Public Radio's ongoing investigation into the church's response to clergy misconduct.
Dec 20, 2013 —An internal church memo from 2002 names three priests with "known abuse histories" who weren't on the list of "credibly accused" priests released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis earlier this month.
Dec 20, 2013 —Allegations against leaders of the Twin Cities Archdiocese in recent months have triggered anger among many parishioners. If they choose to take a stand with their dollars, it could affect how the church moves forward with projects throughout the coming year.
Dec 19, 2013 —Harry Walsh wasn't included on a recent list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse. Church leaders knew his history, yet allowed him to continue working in parishes until the fall of 2011. Today Walsh teaches sex education to troubled teenagers and vulnerable adults in Wright Co., Minn.
Dec 18, 2013 —According to police, an archdiocese attorney and vicar general answered some questions and planned to meet again with police. No other details were provided.
Dec 17, 2013 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies.
Dec 17, 2013 —St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation into clergy sexual abuse.
Dec 17, 2013 —Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche will temporarily be the public face of an archdiocese that is facing fierce criticism for how it handled clergy sexual abuse.
Dec 17, 2013 —The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese says Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated by police for an allegation of touching a boy on the buttocks.
Dec 16, 2013 —The Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona has named 14 priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
Dec 16, 2013 —Advocates for victims are calling for police search warrants and a grand jury investigation that could reveal potentially incriminating documents from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But so far, there are no clear signs that St. Paul police and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi will use that approach.
Dec 15, 2013 —Archbishop John Nienstedt has started addressing the clergy sex abuse scandal head on, telling parishioners and the media Sunday that he's sorry he overlooked issues of abuse among parish priests.
Dec 13, 2013 —An advance copy of the archbishop's remarks was sent to clergy throughout the archdiocese. He plans to celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in Edina Sunday.
Dec 10, 2013 —A Ramsey County judge has allowed to go forward a lawsuit that alleges the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis created a public nuisance by failing to disclose information about priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
Dec 10, 2013 —The list of 18 current and former monks includes nine living at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., under "supervised safety plans," the abbey said.
Dec 9, 2013 —Attorneys suing the Diocese of Duluth are pressing for the release of a list of 17 priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
Dec 6, 2013 —A detailed look at the priests named by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as clergy with credible accusations of child abuse against them.
Dec 5, 2013 —Archbishop John Nienstedt included the men in a list of 34 priests posted to an archdiocese website, 30 of whom had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse and publicly known. Nienstedt didn't say why he didn't report the allegations against the seven to police. Two of the seven men live in the Twin Cities.
Dec 5, 2013 —Seven of the priests were not previously known by the public as abusers. Others, such as the Rev. Robert Kapoun, are already well known through lawsuits and media coverage. About one-third of the priests on the list are deceased.
Dec 4, 2013 —The archdiocese plans to release the names of 29 priests who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children on its website Thursday.
Dec 2, 2013 —The nearly four-year battle over the list of names, which had been sealed in a 2009 lawsuit, continued in Ramsey County District Court today as attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis argued that some of the names should not be released to the public.
Nov 26, 2013 —The archdiocese flagged the Rev. Mark Huberty in an internal document a decade ago for sexual misconduct -- but top officials said this fall that they didn't know about his sexual misconduct until this year. Huberty was charged earlier this month with criminal sexual conduct for an alleged sexual relationship with a woman under his pastoral care.
Nov 21, 2013 —A lawsuit filed Thursday against the Catholic diocese of Crookston, Minn., and a Catholic missionary organization alleges sexual abuse of children by a priest.
Nov 19, 2013 —A Minnesota man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest from 1989 through 1992 sued the Twin Cities archdiocese, St. John's Abbey and a center that treats clergy with psychological issues on Tuesday.
Nov 19, 2013 —According to the charges, Rev. Mark Huberty inappropriately touched a woman under his spiritual care. They later engaged in other sexual activity over several months in the woman's Maplewood home, at the church and in Huberty's car.
Nov 15, 2013 —The Maplewood Police Department recently closed an investigation into the Rev. Rodger Bauman, an Oakdale priest who accepted a $120,000 check from a 99-year-old former parishioner. Bauman has maintained all along that the money was a gift. He eventually returned it.
Nov 14, 2013 —The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has hired a Los Angeles-based consulting firm to review the personnel files of all its priests, as part of the church's approach to dealing with allegations of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct.
Nov 12, 2013 —Tribal authorities on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota are opening a criminal investigation into alleged sexual abuse of several boys and a teenager by the Rev. Clarence Vavra. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis kept the priest in ministry after he admitted to abuse on the reservation in the 1970s. MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran talked to All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the potential legal ramifications of Monday's report.
Nov 12, 2013 —Law enforcement authorities on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota have opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of children by a Minnesota priest.
Nov 11, 2013 —Archbishop John Nienstedt said on Friday that the Twin Cities archdiocese would release names of priests who have sexually abused children. A day and half later, church officials added caveats.
Nov 11, 2013 —The list will be limited to living priests who still reside in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and who have been determined by the archdiocese to be guilty of abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt did not say how many names would be released.
Nov 11, 2013 —A retired priest who admitted to sexually abusing several young boys and a teenager on a South Dakota American Indian reservation now lives less than a block from a school in New Prague, Minn. Three archbishops and other leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese kept Clarence Vavra's past a secret, moving him 17 times during his 38-year career. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that "serious errors were made by the archdiocese in dealing with him," and pledges to disclose the names of other priests who have abused children.
Nov 9, 2013 —Demonstrators said Nienstedt should resign over how he's handled alleged sexual misconduct by priests, his support for a failed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and the decision by church leaders to make extra payments to priests who have sexually abused children.
Nov 7, 2013 —A new lawsuit filed today alleges the Rev. Jerome Kern was a "serial offender" who abused victims at three parishes over his 35 years in ministry.
Nov 3, 2013 —In separate statements posted to its website late Sunday, the archdiocese said the priests volunteered to take leaves of absence. The archdiocese did not explain why both priests reached this decision at the same time.
Oct 31, 2013 —Earlier this week, a woman who said the the Rev. Robert Thurner sexually abused her as a child filed a lawsuit against the priest and the archdiocese. In 1991, Thurner retired and confessed to sexual contact with at least three boys as part of a lawsuit filed by one of the victims. Another victim sued in 1993.
Oct 29, 2013 —The woman said she was sexually abused by the Rev. Robert Thurner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West St. Paul when she was seven to eight years old.
Oct 29, 2013 —"This is not some small matter. This is a big deal. It's the first time, I must say, in 69 years that I'm embarrassed to be Catholic," the Rev. Stephen O'Gara, pastor of the Church of the Assumption, said in a Sunday homily.
Oct 28, 2013 —A task force created to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Twin Cities' Catholic Church will only have access to information provided by the Rev. Reginald Whitt, the church official appointed to oversee it, according to a letter he wrote to Twin Cities clergy last week. The move appears to contradict the archdiocese's earlier assertions that the task force would remain independent.
Oct 24, 2013 —Writing in his weekly column, Nienstedt said he ordered the review after reading recent media reports and hearing from "so many Catholic faithful" that there is "real fear that some priests in ministry today constitute a danger to children."
Oct 23, 2013 —Two priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have suggested a change in leadership at the local church is necessary in light of recent revelations of clergy misconduct. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he accepts responsibility for the church's handling of the situation and said he regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests have "lost confidence" in him.
Oct 23, 2013 —Archbishop John Nienstedt responds for the first time to reporters' questions since an MPR News investigation forced the archdiocese's response to clergy misconduct into the spotlight. "I accept responsibility for addressing the issues that have been raised," he said.
Oct 23, 2013 —Recent reports about clergy misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis threaten to put new financial pressure on an institution already under some financial strain.
Oct 22, 2013 —A priest representing a North St. Paul parish is calling for change in leadership in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis saying "sometimes a fresh start is needed for all involved."
Oct 22, 2013 —Spokesman Jim Accurso said a final decision on the capital campaign "has been put on pause with the intention of revisiting it again in January."
Oct 19, 2013 —The retired Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Harry Flynn, has resigned as chairman of the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees.
Oct 19, 2013 —The Reverend Kevin McDonough resigned from the board on October 4. His departure came amid growing concern over McDonough's handling of clergy sexual abuse cases in the church.
Oct 18, 2013 —Internal archdiocesan documents obtained by MPR News raise questions about what the University of St. Thomas knew about sexual abuse allegations against a professor in 2006.
Oct 18, 2013 —In a letter to then-vicar general Kevin McDonough, parishioner Kate Ternus described her concerns about the contents of the Rev. Jon Shelley's computer. Her family received Shelley's used computer in 2004, and the archdiocese later determined it contained "borderline illegal" pornography. The letter dated Sept. 17, 2004 mentions a local Catholic high school and could indicate for the first time that Shelley's behavior may have gone beyond pornography.
Oct 17, 2013 —The call was prompted by an ongoing criminal investigation, said Police Commander Mary Nash of the department's family and sexual violence unit. She declined to provide any details.
Oct 14, 2013 —The complaint alleges the Rev. Michael Keating "engaged in multiple instances of unpermitted, harmful, and offensive sexual contact" from 1997 to 2000 while he was a student at St. Paul Seminary. The Chisago County Sheriff's Office investigated the allegations in 2006 and closed the case without criminal charges. That same year, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis conducted its own investigation and recommended restrictions to Keating's ministry, but concluded there was insufficient evidence to indicate sexual abuse of a minor. Keating did not respond to an interview request.
Oct 9, 2013 —A task force created by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate clergy misconduct includes a psychologist who works on sex offender management, a computer forensics expert and a former St. Paul police sergeant. Members say their work will be independent of the archdiocese they're investigating.
Oct 9, 2013 —The former accounting director of the Twin Cities archdiocese said recently that several accused priests receive pension payments higher than normal. Another former church official discovered them, too, over the past few years and had them stopped. The archdiocese says church law requires that offending priests must have 'financial, therapeutic and spiritual support.' The Rev. Robert Kapoun is one of them.
Oct 8, 2013 —In the past two weeks an MPR News investigation has reported extensively on the handling of clergy sex abuse by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. A key source in those stories is a former high ranking church official who says she pushed for the church to change its ways and then resigned when it didn't. Jennifer Haselberger has now become a central figure in this unfolding story.
Oct 8, 2013 —The department had recently closed the case looking into allegations of child pornography found on computer files once belonging to the Rev. Jonathan Shelley for lack of evidence.
Oct 7, 2013 —New documents related to a Twin Cities priest found to have pornography on his computer show that archdiocesan leaders debated internally for a year whether the images met the legal definition of child pornography. They also provide a closer look at how past and present leaders decided to keep the matter quiet and keep the priest in ministry.
Oct 6, 2013 —A Saturday letter from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis asked priests to tell parishioners during Mass this weekend about Archbishop John Nienstedt's formation of a lay task force that will review the handling of clergy sexual misconduct.
Oct 6, 2013 —The archdiocese urged priests to announce at mass this weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt has appointed the Rev. Reginald Whitt, a Dominican priest and University of St. Thomas law professor, to lead the creation of a task force to review all issues related to clergy misconduct.
Oct 5, 2013 —In a publicly released statement, Jennifer Haselberger asked Archbishop John Nienstedt to allow an independent review of clergy files and "make public the list of clergy who have been determined to have engaged in acts of sexual misconduct, as well as those whom could reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to children and young people."
Oct 5, 2013 —Joe Ternus of Hugo says he reached out to St. Paul police today to tell them that he made a copy of a large part of the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's computer hard drive before he turned over the laptop to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ternus said he had forgotten he had made a copy of Shelley's hard drive until MPR News contacted him earlier this week.
Oct 4, 2013 —Catholics who gathered for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession in St. Paul Friday night reacted to recent news about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including an MPR News report that found the archdiocese knew about a priests's sexual misconduct but failed to remove him from ministry.
Oct 4, 2013 —Leaders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis confiscated pornography -- some of which might have portrayed children -- from the Rev. Jonathan Shelley's old laptop. But they didn't report it for nearly a decade, until a church official found it and, frustrated with her superiors' lack of response, went to police herself.
Oct 3, 2013 —"I am hopeful my decision to step aside at this time, along with the formation of a new task force can help repair the trust of many, especially the victims of abuse," the Rev. Peter Laird said in a prepared statement. He will continue to serve in a variety of roles within the archdiocese.