Catholic Defense League blasts MPR's coverage of sex scandal, calls for police investigation

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The Catholic Defense League is waging an offensive against reporters exposing alleged archdiocese misconduct.
In recent months, MPR has been all over the unfolding Twin Cities Catholic church sex scandal, breaking story after story about priests who have been accused of sexual abuse and possible cover-ups by church officials.

RELATED: Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's buttocks

But now, the Catholic Defense League is accusing MPR of taking a play out of the church's playbook. In a statement released today, a CDL spokesman says, "We find it disturbing and completely hypocritical for MPR to criticize the church for withholding information when, in fact, they appear to be holding back information to benefit their editorial schedule."

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St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith: Archdiocese has been uncooperative with investigations

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St. Paul police went to the press today to help force the church into speaking with his investigators
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith says that, despite the claims of church officials, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has not fully cooperated with sexual abuse investigations.

In one instance, Smith told reporters today, the archdiocese rebuffed his request to speak directly to the Rev. Kevin McDonough, a former Minnesota Senate chaplain who investigated claims against his fellow priests.

"We have, through written and verbal requests, made clear our desire to speak to individuals connected with the archdiocese and we've been told, 'No,'" he said. "In order for us to bring these cases to the next step in the process...we again now publicly call upon those individuals to speak with us."

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's buttocks

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Archbishop John Nienstedt steps aside amid allegation he touched boy's buttocks [UPDATE]

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Niendstedt: "I presume [the boy] is sincere in believing what he claims, but I must say that this allegation is absolutely and entirely false."
:::: UPDATE :::: St. Paul police Chief Tom Smith: Archdiocese has been uncooperative with investigations

Two days after he issued a wishy-washy public apology about the Twin Cities Catholic church's still-unfolding sex scandal, Archibishop John Nienstedt himself is facing an allegation he inappropriately touched a boy.

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt reportedly under criminal investigation

In a letter released today, Nienstedt announced he's under investigation for allegedly touching a boy's buttocks during a photo shoot  in 2009, but denied there's any merit to the allegation. Nonetheless, he said he'll step aside from public ministry, effective immediately, until there's a resolution.

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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.

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt apologies for priest sexual abuse, sort of

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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.

RELATED: Archdiocese reveals names of priests accused of sexual misconduct

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."

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt crusades against gay marriage

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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.

SEE ALSO: Fox News turns to Minnesota Majority, pro-voter ID group, for "objective" analysis [VIDEO]


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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.

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt crusades against gay marriage

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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.

SEE ALSO: Archbishop John Nienstedt to release names of some abusive priests

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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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