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  • When will pope notice trouble in Minnesota church?
    Longtime church watchers point out St. Paul and Minneapolis are a long way from Rome.The Daily Circuit, October 25, 2013
  • Archbishop Nienstedt will hire firm for external review of clergy files
    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."October 24, 2013
  • Betrayed by Silence: An MPR News investigation
    This special report gathers together all of MPR's investigative reports on clergy misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.October 23, 2013
  • 'Bishop Of Bling' suspended by Pope Francis
    Tebartz-van Elst earned his unflattering nickname after reports surfaced that close to $40 million has been spent on work at his home and offices -- about eight times what had been expected.October 23, 2013
  • Bankruptcy an option for church confronting clergy misconduct, financial uncertainty
    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.October 23, 2013
  • N. St. Paul priest: 'Fresh start is needed' at archdiocese
    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."October 22, 2013
  • Twin Cities archdiocese delays $160M capital campaign
    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."October 22, 2013
  • NJ Gov. Christie drops same-sex marriage appeal
    Same-sex couples in a handful of New Jersey communities exchanged marriage vows in the first minutes of Monday, becoming the first to take advantage of a court ruling that forced the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.October 21, 2013
  • Archdiocese was warned of priest's correspondence with a possible minor
    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.October 18, 2013
  • At Sunday Mass, Catholics react to archdiocese investigations
    Reports of possible cover-ups and extra payments to clergy suspected of sexual misconduct have put the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. We spoke with some Catholics at Mass on Sunday about their reaction to the news.October 14, 2013
  • Senate gets a scolding with its morning prayer
    Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers to say exactly what he thinks is wrong with Washington lawmakers: "Remove from them that stubborn pride, which imagines itself to be above and beyond criticism." A retired rear admiral who often sports a bow tie, Black became the Senate's first African-American chaplain when he took the job 10 years ago.October 13, 2013
  • Pope names auxiliary bishop for St. Paul and Minneapolis
    The archdiocese previously only had a single auxiliary bishop, Lee Piche. The Vatican didn't say why it was appointing Cozzens or what role Piche may have going forward.October 11, 2013
  • For an abusive priest, retirement income came with a premium
    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.October 9, 2013
  • From the archives: Polka Padre Kapoun resigns over abuse
    From the archives: Archbishop Harry Flynn said today that the Rev. Robert Kapoun is resigning as priest of a Prior Lake parish. A Hennepin County jury is expected to decide soon if the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should pay punitive damages to a 28-year-old Prior Lake man who says he was molested by Kapoun.October 9, 2013
  • Islamic Center president says plan for new facility is not abandoned
    Plans for a new Islamic Center in St. Cloud are on hold after the center's president withdrew the proposal at a City Council meeting Monday. Islamic Center of St. Cloud President Abdulrashid Salad joined Tom Crann to discuss what's next for his organization.October 8, 2013

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