New release reveals alleged pedo-priest was moved around the state

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The Rev. Thomas Adamson and a photo of the Cathedral of St. Paul dated 1964
The Diocese of Winona released the names of 14 priests Monday, adding to a growing list of suspected pedophiles throughout the state and confirming what some attorneys and clergy already knew: For decades the Rev. Thomas Adamson moved from parish to parish in the shadow of sexual abuse.

"It is a difficult time for the Church in the Diocese of Winona," reads a statement. "It is also a time of hope which presents an opportunity to heal and continue moving forward."

Adamson now appears on both lists produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona. According to a lawsuit filed in Ramsey County court, he molested more than 20 boys between 1964 and 1984, when he was finally suspended from the ministry.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt apologies for priest sexual abuse, sort of

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Archbishop Nienstedt said he was ignorant, but not guilty of some sort of coverup.
During remarks made at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina yesterday, John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, apologized for not doing more to root out sexual abusers from his church and for taking inadequate measures to prevent priests from engaging in sexually abusive behavior.

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But Nienstedt's apology was measured, as he made sure to mention that he thought the Catholic church sex scandal was a thing of the past when he became archbishop in April 2007.

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Archdiocese reveals names of priests accused of sexual misconduct [UPDATE]

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Archbishop John Nienstedt was the subject of our June 20, 2012, cover story.
-- Updated on last page with quotes from today's press conference --

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today released the names of men who are suspected of sexual abuse between the mid 1950s and '80s, vowing to make the revelations a standard practice while withholding details of the allegations.

"This is a tragedy that has caused insufferable harm to victims, their families, parishioners and the Church," Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a statement. "I must say once again to all victims of this abuse: I am so sorry for the pain you have endured."

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Jon Stewart rips Fox News over coverage of Star Tribune story

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The morning talk show Fox & Friends took issue Monday with a Strib story about a St. Paul YMCA swim class for Muslim girls that was organized with the support of police.

"The minority becoming the majority at one community pool," says newsreader Heather Nauert. "Sharia law is now changing everything."

The segment was short but absurd enough to catch the eye of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. In the clip below, the camera cuts from Nauert to Stewart, whose shrieking fills the gap in sound where, in some campy horror movie, a pounding of piano keys might have followed.

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Archdiocese to release names of accused priests on Thursday [UPDATE]

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Archbishop John Nienstedt was the subject of our June 20, 2012, cover story.
-- Updated with a statement the Diocese of Winona --

After years of resistance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has vowed to reveal the names of priests suspected of sexually abusing children through its website and newspaper, The Catholic Spirit, as soon as Thursday.

A Ramsey County judge Monday gave his blessing on the release and set a deadline of Dec. 17. Jim Accurso, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said church officials would comply with the order but declined to comment on how many names would be released.

MPR reports that the archdiocese is considering withholding four of the 33 names on a list that was compiled in 2004 and later sealed by the court. Supposedly relying on a third-party review of its files, the archdiocese has suggested that the claims against three men could not be substantiated and another never served within its boundary.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt to (finally) release names of accused priests [UPDATE]

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John Nienstedt, the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was the subject of our June 20, 2012, cover story.
It took the arm of the law to force the hand of God.

A Ramsey County judge today ordered that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona release the names, age and parishes of 46 men -- priests and one member of a religious order -- who've been credibly accused of sexually abusing children by Dec. 17.

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Rebekah Nett, Hastings attorney, suspended for making outrageous comments about Catholics

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Rebekah Nett, the Hastings-based attorney who wrote a bankruptcy filing we characterized as the craziest of all time back in 2011, has finally been suspended from practicing law.

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Nett was raised as a member of a religious group called R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Technology, and in the aforementioned filing, she talked a bunch of smack about Catholics.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt reportedly under criminal investigation

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The Rev. John Shelley (left) and Archbishop Nienstedt.
-- Update at bottom --

KSTP's Jay Kolis reports that Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis officials, including Archbishop John Nienstedt, are under criminal investigation in connection with possible child porn found on a computer that belonged to the Rev. John Shelley. (St. Paul PD officials deny Kolis's report. See update at bottom of this post.)

THE BACKSTORY: St. Paul police reopen child porn investigation aimed at priest Jon Shelley

Thousands of pornographic images, some featuring people who may or may not have been minors, were found on Rev. Shelley's computer back in 2004. The situation was brought to the attention of the archdiocese shortly after the images were discovered, but police weren't informed until Jennifer Haselberger, the former canonical attorney for the archdiocese, flouted high-ranking church officials who wanted to keep the matter under wraps and finally contacted law enforcement earlier this year.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt to release names of some abusive priests

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John Nienstedt, the Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, was the subject of our June 20, 2012, cover story.
Finally, Archbishop John Nienstedt has promised to release the names of some former priests that the church has identified as sex offenders. But there's a catch.

He plans to do so this month only after a private firm reviews the files and the court gives its blessing. Plus, the men have to be alive and living within the boundaries of the archdiocese -- a strange couple of qualifiers that call into question the church's claim of becoming more transparent and accountable.

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School bus driver George Nathaniel III fired for refusing to stop leading kids in prayer on bus

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George Nathaniel III is a pastor at two Minneapolis churches, Elite Church of the First Born and Grace Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a bus driver for Durham School Services, a company that provides busing services for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District.

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But Nathaniel was fired from his bus driving gig late last month. The reason? Despite being warned, he refused to stop leading the kids riding his bus in prayer.

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