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The Rev. Michael Keating resigns

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:25 PM

The Rev. Michael Keating, a St. Thomas faculty member who worked in the Catholic studies department, resigned Tuesday.

Members of theology department send letter to Nienstedt

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:15 AM

Twelve tenured faculty members of the St. Thomas theology department sent a letter to Archbishop John Nienstedt Monday criticizing the archdiocese’s handling of sex abuse by priests.

News outlets, priests pressure Nienstedt to resign

Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:15 PM
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The New York Times, the Star Tribune and other priests have suggested that Archbishop John Nienstedt step down from his position.

Judge won’t dismiss nuisance claim against church

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 2:51 PM

The case will be the first clerical sexual abuse case nationwide to use the public nuisance theory at trial.

Former Minnesota top cop to head St. Paul archdiocese response to clergy sex abuse

Monday, August 25, 2014 8:04 PM

Timothy O’Malley, 58, will become director of ministerial standards and safe environment for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the archdiocese said Monday.

Lawyers release church official’s deposition

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:25 PM

Lawyers for alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests say a former top official in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese denied and minimized the problem.

Minn. archbishop deposition on abuse made public

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:05 AM

A recording of the deposition of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding recent cases of alleged clergy sexual abuse was made public Tuesday.

Archbishop deposition on abuse to be made public

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:16 AM

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests are releasing the deposition of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Abuse task force recommends archdiocese changes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:38 AM

There have been serious shortcomings in how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests, a task force commissioned by the archdiocese reported Monday.

Prosecutors won’t charge Minnesota archbishop

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:42 AM

Archbishop John Nienstedt will not face criminal charges in connection with an allegation that he inappropriately touched a boy in 2009.


Report: Two St. Thomas names on priest abuse list

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:04 AM

A report says an official list from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse was incomplete, and two priests with St. Thomas connections should be included.

Minn. archdiocese releases additional priest names

Monday, February 17, 2014 12:30 PM

A Minnesota archdiocese has released the names of nine more priests it says were “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor.

Minn. archdiocese releases costs of clergy abuse

Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:47 PM

The Twin Cities Archdiocese said Thursday it has paid more than $8.8 million in the last 10 years over clergy sexual abuse and other misconduct by priests.

Minn. archbishop denies touching minor

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:40 PM

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Tuesday that he is stepping aside from public ministry effective immediately after an allegation that he inappropriately touched an underage male. 

Nienstedt homily: Catholic bishops have failed

Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:16 PM

Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that Catholic bishops have failed in their response to the clergy-abuse crisis, according to prepared remarks he’s scheduled to give during a homily Sunday in Edina.