InterVarsity Fires Woman When Husband Divorces Her, Would Do It Again

Categories: Religion

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Sue Hasker
Banished to marriage counseling

When Alyce Conlon saw trouble brewing in her marriage, she went to her bosses at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Michigan. Conlon had been working there as a spiritual advisor, and she needed some advice of her own.

InterVarsity is an evangelical ministry trying to make Christians out of college students nationwide. There are 15 chapters located in Minnesota.

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Tony Perkins Thinks Islamic Law Has Overtaken Parts of Minneapolis

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FRC's Tony Perkins thinks Muslims have usurped the rule of law in parts of Minneapolis.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins bears a messianic cross.

According to FRC, the Washington, D.C.-based group that envisions an America where "human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives," Perkins, a Marine vet and former member of the Louisiana legislature, "has a tremendous burden to reclaim the culture for Christ."

That burden now includes liberating parts of Minneapolis where Islamic law has supposedly supplanted the authority of local, state, and federal governments.

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Marie Mielke, Clergy Abuse Accuser, Comes Forward with Her Identity

Categories: Crime, Religion

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Jeff Anderson and Maria Mielke

Formerly known as one Jane Doe out of dozens of anonymous clergy sex abuse accusers, 29-year-old Marie Mielke stepped forward Monday to tell her story of being groomed for molestation by the Rev. Michael Keating, who is currently still employed by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Mielke says Keating initiated a string of unwanted sexual contact with her when she was just 12 years old. She didn't go into detail about the actual abuse, but she said he took advantage of her trust in him as a family friend in order to touch her inappropriately when they were alone. The official complaint against Keating alleges "sexual battery."

Mielke says she didn't know how to process what happened to her as a child until she was 19 years old, a college freshman taking a social problems class. She remembers sitting in the back of the class one day and reading a chapter about sexual abuse, mentally checking off the bullet points of all that applied to her own experiences with Keating.

"From that point on it was just this downward spiral," Mielke said, recounting the emotional turmoil of uncovering repressed memories from her early teenage years. "I remember being seduced by him at one point and I could see the [First National Bank] sign in downtown St. Paul flashing. Whenever I looked at that I would all of a sudden have flashbacks to something that I didn't understand. I would have trouble breathing. I would start crying."

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So Are Dogs Going to Heaven or Not?

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First the pope said all dogs can go to heaven, and then he didn't.

On Friday, newspapers all over the world gushed about what appeared to be brand new dog doctrine to come out of the Vatican. Pope Francis, while consoling a boy whose dog had died, promised the kid they would be reunited in heaven. It was viral social media fodder and a huge win for PETA. It also gave Catholic pet-owners everywhere a glimpse at a brighter afterlife full of rough-and-tumble slobber kisses and turds.

Well, turns out the pope was totally misquoted.

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River of Life Church Ordered to Stop Hosting Wild Parties

Categories: Religion

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Ben Johnson
River of Life Church

Neighbors say River of Life church in north Minneapolis hosted wild parties almost every weekend since last spring, complete with thumping music, weed smoke, and drunken fights spilling into the street.

"It's like a nightclub, it's not like a church. They should be doing bible study, praying for the sick, but no, instead we hear loud music and fighting every weekend," said neighbor Connie Reine.

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Father Gerald Funcheon and the Croisers at Center of New "Public Nuisance" Lawsuits

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Gerald Funcheon doesn't know how many children he sexually abused as a priest. Maybe 12, he responded two years ago in a taped deposition. Maybe 18. "I can't give you an answer on this. Okay?"

However, internal church documents released Thursday by attorney Jeff Anderson show the number of abused children may actually be as high as 50. Five of them have filed "public nuisance" lawsuits against Funcheon and the Croisers religious order, which ordained the man in 1965 and spent decades moving him across the country.

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Archdiocese Destroyed Father Donald Dummer's Porn Tapes, Records Show

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Jesse Marx
In January 2002, a part-time employee of St. Mary's Church in St. Paul sent a letter to a Catholic Parents OnLine in desperation. Five years earlier, the employee had been working in the room of Father Donald Dummer and "I was shocked by one video of boys 10 to 12 years of age playing basketball -- nude."

The once-secret letter, which was released Thursday by attorney Jeff Anderson, contains other allegations and suspicions -- that in the '90s Dummer rubbed his hands across a woman's breast, that he visited young boys after their release from the hospital, that he boasted of getting a hard-on during a wedding ceremony.

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Atheists Just Want to Marry, Too

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Cory Doctorow

If you want to marry two of your friends in Minnesota, it's easy. Like, really easy. There's a whole bevy of free options for you to peruse -- spend about a minute filling out a form to be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, or be like Lebowski and hook up with theChurch of the Latter-Day Dude.

Grab your credentials from the awesome online church of your choice, bring it to the county government center, get yourself registered, and you're done. You are now free to wed whomever you see fit. Pretty great, right?


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Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Adds Names of 17 Priests to "Credibly Accused" List

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Jesse Marx
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has added 17 names to its list of credibly accused priests as part of a settlement agreement with Jeff Anderson's law firm. Nine priests allegedly abused minors within the archdiocese and eight allegedly abused minors outside the archdiocese, but held assignments here.

The list has also been updated to include three men whose alleged crimes had previously been considered unsubstantiated. It's not immediately clear why the status of these claims was elevated, but give it time. Some, if not all, of the files are expected to be made public in the coming weeks and months.

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Father Richard Rice Refuses Questions About Allegedly Abusive Clergy, Citing Priest Privilege

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Before his death in 1985, Father Thomas Stitts is believed to have confessed his sins of sexual abuse -- and the sins of some of his colleagues -- in a letter. However, that letter may have been burned to protect the parties involved.

There is still one way to get to the bottom of what Stitts knew -- by asking the priests who were close to him near the end, some of whom are still alive. But they're not talking.

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