Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Cronin http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31253 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:24:23 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Cronin http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Accused priests: Who they are, where they've served, what's alleged 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/priest-list/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:07:14 -0600 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Abuse claims kept secret allowed priest to minister and teach sex ed 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/19/abuse-claims-kept-secret-allowed-priest-to-minister-and-teach-sex-ed/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:57:00 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Nienstedt, facing claim he touched boy, steps aside during investigation, denies allegation The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese says Archbishop John Nienstedt is being investigated by police for an allegation of touching a boy on the buttocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/catholic-church/archbishop-nienstedt-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:04:05 -0600 The list: Archdiocese names priests 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/special/archdiocese-priest-list?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:17:17 -0600 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/religion/pope-names-auxiliary-archbishop-for-st-paul-and-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:48:54 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/09/for-abusive-priest-retirement-income-came-with-a-premium/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:30:57 -0500 St. Paul police will reopen child pornography investigation of priest 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/08/archdiocese-st-paul-police-report?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:50:39 -0500 Victims group dismisses archdiocese review of clergy sexual abuse cases as 'nothing but a smokescreen' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/06/victims-group-dismisses-move-by-archbishop-nienstedt-to-review-handling-of-clergy-sexual-?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:49:46 -0500 Church hid priest's pornography from police and parishioners for nearly a decade 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/10/04/church-hid-priests-pornography-from-police-parishioners/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:50:16 -0500 Archdiocese knew of priest's sexual misbehavior yet kept him in ministry Curtis Wehmeyer's eight years as a St. Paul priest are dotted with episodes of risky, sex-fueled behavior -- and the leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis knew all about it. Last year, the parish of Blessed Sacrament faced a horror: Wehmeyer was convicted for his sexual abuse of two teenage boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2013/09/clergy-abuse/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:08:19 -0500 Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter. Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/21/same-sex-marriage-minnesota-cross-section-faith-leaders?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:04:00 -0500