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

Categories: Crime, Religion
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
Abdullah with the Vikings back in 2008
Somewhere, Michele Bachmann nods her head in approval.
-- Update at bottom --

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]

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
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

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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Jeff Anderson Files "Public Nuisance" Lawsuit Against Diocese of New Ulm

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Downtown Minneapolis Church Holding "Photobombed by Jesus" Event

All photos courtesy of Debbie Friez
It sure beats speaking in tongues, doesn't it?
Sunday morning, the Central Lutheran Church invites you to come to downtown Minneapolis and get photobombed by the son of God... or a likeness of him, at least.

From 10-11 a.m., the church is holding a "Get Photo Bombed by Jesus" event in celebration of the beginning of autumn.

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Jeff Anderson Files "Public Nuisance" Lawsuit Against the Diocese of New Ulm

Categories: Crime, Religion
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Jeff Anderson (left) and Mike Finnegan hold photographs, respectively, of Father Michael Skolik and Bishop John LeVoir
Father Michael Skoblik is suspected of abusing children at all six of the parishes where he served between 1940 and 1989, the year of his death.

You've probably never heard of him, and there's a good reason for that. He finished his career in New Ulm -- the only diocese in Minnesota that refuses to release its list of 12 "credibly accused" priests.

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Joseph Jeyapaul, fugitive priest, may finally come back to Minnesota to stand trial

Categories: Crime, Religion
Photo of Joseph Jeyapaul posted on the Diocese of Crookston website
Father Joseph Jeyapaul served for one year at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, Minnesota, and returned to his native India in 2005 ahead of two allegations of sexual abuse involving teenaged girls.

Both girls, according to church documents, were considering religious life as a vocation and had reached out to Jeyapaul for advice. One said the priest had kissed her inappropriately. The other, Megan Peterson -- who has since come forward -- alleged that he'd masturbated in front of her, groped her, and forced her to give him oral sex.

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Father Richard Jeub preyed on vulnerable women and girls, church records show

Categories: Religion
Photo of Richard "Dick" Jeub courtesy of Jeff Anderson & Associates
In April 1991, a woman approached Kevin McDonough, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with a sordid tale. As a girl in Edina, she'd twice attempted suicide -- all to show Father Richard Jeub how badly he'd been treating her.

Their relationship ended one night when another priest found the girl on Jeub's bed. She was taken to the hospital. He was transferred to another parish in St. Paul, where he switched assignments with Father Jerome Kern, another holy man suspected of abuse.

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Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota's connections to radical Islam

On the same day news broke about the second Minnesotan who died fighting for ISIS in Syria having a security clearance at MSP, Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dinging Obama for not doing enough to prevent Minnesotans from traveling to the Middle East and putting their lives on the line for the cause of radical Islam.

"I was troubled by the President's recent suggestion that the Administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of ISIL's activities in Syria," Franken wrote earlier this week (ISIL and ISIS are both acronyms for the same group). "The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota. In addition, the Justice Department should coordinate with the State Department and the Homeland Security Department to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join forces with ISIL."

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