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

Categories: Religion
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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

Categories: Religion
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Father Thomas Stitts, courtesy of Jeffrey Anderson & Associates
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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Religious Freedom Group Says Transgender Athlete Policy "Treats Children As Guinea Pigs"

Categories: Religion, Sports

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The October hearing, from Jana Shortal on Twitter

As the Minnesota State High School League keeps deliberating on a policy to allow transgendered athletes to choose what sport they play based on their gender identity, it's heard from nearly everybody. Students, parents, administrators, activists.

To us, the policy seemed logical (and simply the right thing to do). But for the Alliance Defending Freedom, it's been anything but.


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Jeff Anderson Settles Lawsuit with Archdiocese, Sets Up New "Child Protection Protocols"

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Jeff Anderson & Associates
From left, Jim Keenan with Tim O'Malley, Jeff Anderson, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Vicar General Charles Lachowitzer, and Mike Finnegan
Jeff Anderson hurries down the historic hallways of the Landmark Center in St. Paul dressed in a blue-pin-striped shirt with a white collar and pauses to hug two men. Both Jim Keenan and Al Michaud have been working with the attorney for years -- both victims of clerical sexual abuse.

"This is a good day," Anderson whispers and steps aside, revealing an odd sight: two priests.

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LGBT Catholics Call on Archbishop John Nienstedt for Inclusion [VIDEO]

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Todd Wardrope
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The sun is setting on the Cathedral of St. Paul as the sidewalk across the street begins to fill. A woman with a rainbow satchel joins the crowd in singing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."

She's part of a Thursday night vigil that was organized by the Human Rights Campaign and punctured by honking cars and solemn prayers that someday LGBT Catholics might be respected for who they are.

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Father Sylvester Brown Blessed a Man's Balls After Asking Him to Strip, Records Show

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Sylvester Brown via Jeff Anderson
In 2003, a man met with church officials from the Diocese of Winona. When he was younger, he said, Father Sylvester Brown had been his spiritual advisor, but the counselling didn't last long.

The priest's first session hung on the topic of sexuality and led to questions about whether the man was circumcised. At a later session, Brown asked him to strip naked and get an erection. And when he did, Brown prayed over the man's genitals.

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Ex-Viking Husain Abdullah Penalized for Praying After Touchdown [VIDEO]

Categories: Religion, Sports
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Abdullah with the Vikings back in 2008
Somewhere, Michele Bachmann nods her head in approval.
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controversial month for the NFL is concluding on a fitting note, as the league finds itself taking heat this morning after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized for celebrating his Monday Night Football pick-six on Tom Brady with a prayer in the end zone.

Abdullah, a Viking from 2008 through 2011, is a devout Muslim who actually sat out last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. After the game, he downplayed the controversy, but others weren't so charitable to the NFL.

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Wait, Did Michele Bachmann Just Urge America to Straight-Up Declare War on Islam? [VIDEO]

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Bachmann fretted about "the rise of radical Islamic jihad -- though that's redundant."
The liberal media is having a field day with the speech Michele Bachmann offered up at last week's Values Voters Summit 2014 in Washington, D.C.

More than one outlet interpreted her "breathtakingly bigoted" speech as flatly urging America to "declare war on Islam." A more charitable view might interpret her as at least trying to distinguish between radical Islam and more moderate types, but any attempt to make that distinction is complicated by blunt statements she made like this one: "Yes, Mr. President, it is about Islam!"

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Archbishop Nienstedt Forces Out Gay Music Director

Categories: GLBT, Religion
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Jamie Moore picture via Facebook
Jamie Moore, music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria, was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he married his longtime partner.

Or at least so says Rev. Bob White, priest at the church.

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University of St. Thomas Faculty to Archbishop John Nienstedt: Trust "Has Been Badly Broken"

Categories: Crime, Religion

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Scene from a deposition

The theology faculty at the University of St. Thomas couldn't take it anymore.

After months of hearing about sexual abuse scandals, cover-ups, and overall bad management by the Archdiocese of St.Paul-Minneapolis, the faculty had had enough. So on September 12, the 12 members of the faculty wrote a letter to archbishop John Nienstedt that boiled down to this: You've screwed up bad. You need to fix it. Here's how.

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