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Archdiocese adds money for abuse victims to bankruptcy plan

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2:16 PM
Pat and Dan Harkins stand at a news conference in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, joined by David Clohessy, right, of the victims support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The Harkins' son, Alex, killed himself in 2009, a suicide the parents blamed on sexual abuse by a priest. The family recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed an updated bankruptcy plan with more money for victims of clerical sexual abuse.

Memo details allegations against ex-archbishop of St. Paul

Friday, July 22, 2016 10:16 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 found compelling and credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected, according to an internal church document made public this week. Although Archbishop John Nienstedt eventually stepped down under fire as […]

Twin Cities Archdiocese to admit wrongdoing in abuse case

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:45 PM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to publicly admit wrongdoing for the way it handled abuse allegations against a former priest. And prosecutors say they’ll drop six criminal child endangerment charges that alleged the archdiocese turned a blind eye to repeated misconduct by Curtis Wehmeyer, who was convicted of molesting two boys […]

St. Paul archdiocese plan offers over $65M to creditors

Friday, May 27, 2016 7:49 AM
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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set up a trust fund of more than $65 million to compensate some 440 clergy abuse victims plus other creditors, with just over half of that amount coming from insurance.

Creditors: Minnesota archdiocese sitting on $1.7 billion

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:41 PM

Attorneys on Tuesday accused a Minnesota archdiocese of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors as part of the church’s bankruptcy case.

Clergy abuse victim, abuser want to create resource center

Monday, September 14, 2015 11:19 AM

A woman who was molested by a nun is teaming up with a priest convicted of sexual misconduct to create a resource center for victims of sexual abuse.

Attorneys say settlement reached in lawsuit over alleged abuse at St. John’s Abbey

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:14 PM

A Minnesota man has settled a lawsuit with St. John’s Abbey that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors, attorneys said Monday.

Allegations against Keating no longer heard as a lawsuit

Sunday, March 8, 2015 8:09 PM
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The sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Michael Keating will no longer be heard as a lawsuit in the state court because of the Archdiocese’s bankruptcy declaration. 

More names released of clergy members accused of sexual abuse, misconduct

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:49 PM
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The names of 17 more clergy members in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis accused of sexual abuse or misconduct were released on Feb. 11.

Archdiocese bankruptcy unlikely to affect St. Thomas

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:52 PM
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While St. Thomas collaborates with the archdiocese on educational and service programs, it is financially independent and is not owned or operated by the archdiocese.

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

Friday, January 16, 2015 11:54 AM
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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it’s the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Archdiocese files lawsuit against insurance companies

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:17 PM
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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a lawsuit against 20 insurance companies in an effort to force the insurers to cover its liability for clergy sex abuse claims.

Archdiocese financial situation could affect SJV

Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:25 AM

The archdiocese reported a $9.1 million operating deficit and is considering filing for bankruptcy as its financial condition has become more uncertain.

Minnesota churches settle clergy abuse lawsuit

Monday, October 13, 2014 6:39 PM

Victims of clery sex abuse and Minnesota Catholic church leaders announced a settlement Monday.

Investigation: University unaware of allegations against Keating

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:34 PM
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President Julie Sullivan announced Tuesday that no university employees in a position of authority over the Rev. Michael Keating had prior knowledge of allegations against him.